FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – Now formally facing the death penalty, the suspect in the Valentine’s Day school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida is headed for a court appearance on Wednesday for a 34-count indictment. An arraignment hearing is set for 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, whose attorneys said he will plead guilty to all charges if the death penalty is not pursued in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. ADVERTISEMENTIn an email on Tuesday, Finkelstein said Cruz is “immediately ready” to plead guilty in return for 34 consecutive life sentences. “We are not saying he is not guilty but we can’t plead guilty while death is still on the table,” Finkelstein said. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie Guttenberg died in the shooting, was angry the state decided to pursue the death penalty, noting how tortuously long capital punishment cases last.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer March 14, 2018 05:03 UTC