Florida prosecutors seeking death penalty in Parkland high school shooting

Nikolas Cruz accused of murdering 17 people

State attorney Michael Satz notified a Broward County court that prosecutors intend to seek capital punishment for the teen killer, who stormed into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and methodically gunned down his former classmates and teachers on February 14. Cruz, who is 19, is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count indictment, including 17 charges of first-degree murder.

Those factors include Cruz's prior criminal record, the "heinous, atrocious and cruel" nature of the crime, and the "cold, calculated and premeditated" manner in which it was carried out.

Cruz's attorney, Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, said in a statement to ABC News that the move by prosecutors "was not unexpected".

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The only other penalty option for Cruz is life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Cruz was arrested shortly after committing the Valentine's Day killings and fleeing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus among terrified students. His attorneys also offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

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