Nikolas Cruz’s court case had stalled recently when he refused to enter a plea at all following his arraignment. While he had originally pled not guilty, he had withdrawn that plea and offered to plead guilty if the prosecutors would take the death penalty off of the table. The prosecutors refused, and so Cruz refused to enter a plea, essentially stalling the case.
Last week, a grand jury indicted the gunman on 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree, and 17 accounts of premeditated murder in the first degree. In order to move the case forward, the judge was forced to enter a plea of “not guilty” on behalf of Cruz. With that plea in place, they case will be able to move forward as planned.
Prosecutors made the official announcement on Tuesday in court filings that they would seek the death penalty in Cruz’s case. Their reasoning was comprised of multiple factors, but their main listed ones included the heinous nature of the crime, and that he purposely placed multiple lives at risk.
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