Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Parkland school shooter

There is only one real question in the case of the State of Florida vs. Nikolas Cruz: Will he be executed or will he serve multiple life terms in prison, with no hope of ever being freed?
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the Broward State Attorney’s Office announced that — at least for now — prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for the accused Parkland school shooter.
Some of the victims’ relatives immediately said they do not want prosecutors to go through a lengthy trial to get a death sentence. They would prefer if Cruz spends the rest of his life in prison.
Family members of at least one victim said that they felt the announcement was premature and they wished prosecutors had consulted with them before making a decision.
“I’m annoyed, I would have loved an opportunity to be heard,” said Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime, was murdered.
“I wish they would have asked the families what they wanted before they made that announcement,” he said. “We were under the impression that, after the arraignment on Wednesday, we would have an opportunity to speak with the prosecutors before a decision was made.”
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