Nikolas Cruz has been formally charged with finishing up a massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Florida.
An indictment handed down by a Broward County grand jury charged Mr Cruz with 17 counts of premeditated homicide and 17 counts of tried homicide. It means Mr Cruz could face the loss of life penalty if he’s convicted.
A former scholar who had been expelled from the Parkland highschool, Mr Cruz is accused of killing 14 college students and three faculty workers throughout a rampage final month.
Prosecutors haven’t but introduced whether or not they plan to hunt the loss of life penalty, however Mr Cruz’s public defender has mentioned his shopper could be prepared to plead responsible to keep away from execution.
Mr Cruz confessed to finishing up the capturing when he was apprehended shortly afterward, in response to an arrest affidavit.
The suspected shooter’s legal professionals have described him as a troubled and “damaged” younger man and have argued the system failed him, noting that his behaviour repeatedly drew the eye of authorities.
Jail data launched by the Broward County Sheriff’s Workplace describe Mr Cruz, segregated from different inmates, as at occasions showing “logical and coherent” and in different situations exhibiting a “clean stare”. He has proven indicators of restlessness and been heard laughing, the data say.
On the identical day the grand jury handed down its indictment, Secretary of Training Betsy DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty. Her look annoyed some college students who mentioned mentioned they weren’t in a position to air their considerations.
Survivors of the capturing have been the general public faces of a renewed push for harder gun legal guidelines within the capturing’s aftermath. Florida legislators have pursued measures that embody elevating the gun-buying age to 21, empowering courts to bar troubled folks from proudly owning firearms and arming some lecturers.