According to the AP, Cruz's lawyers have said that Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors did not choose to pursue the death penalty, holding that Cruz suffers from serious mental illness.
Broward County, Florida prosecutors announced in a filing on Tuesday that they were officially seeking the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting massacre that left 17 dead and more than a dozen injured.
The Broward State Attorney filed a notice of intent on Tuesday.
In its filing, the prosecution said that, among the aggravating factors spurring its decision, were that Cruz knowingly created a risk of death for many people, his crime was aimed at hindering "any government function or the enforcement of laws" and that the shooting was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".
"We still stand ready to immediately plead guilty to 34 consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole", Howard Finkelstein, a county public defender, said. Not, should he go free? The court is expected to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf, Finkelstein said. Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times.
While Gov. Rick Scott just signed a new school safety and gun bill into law, the state's Constitution Revision Commission may vote to place gun restrictions on this year's ballot. The commission has the power to ask voters to approve changes to the state's constitution. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said.
But this week he failed to follow up on plans to ban the sale of assault rifles, or the sale of any type of gun to those under 21.
The defendant was arrested shortly after the shooting at the high school, which is the worst high school shooting in U.S. history.
The family's attorney says that after surgeries, his intestinal area has been sealed off. Alex Arreaza says the student is breathing on his own after being taken off a ventilator.
"Our kids are not asking to do away with the 2nd Amendment".