Death penalty sought for former student charged in Parkland, Florida school shooting

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Death penalty sought for former student charged in Parkland, Florida school shooting

Rabbi Mendy Gutnik and Rabbi Shuey Biston pray with family and friends of those who were killed in a high school shooting that left 17 dead.

According to the Associated Press, the office filed the formal notice Tuesday. A Broward grand jury last week indicted Cruz with an additional 17 counts of attempted murder.

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Cruz, who is 19, is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count indictment, including 17 charges of first-degree murder.

The attack, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is the deadliest United States school shooting since 2012.

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But the State Attorney's Office wouldn't take capital punishment off the table, listing seven "aggravating factors" that a jury can use to justify ordering Cruz's execution for the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Attorneys for Cruz do not contest his guilt, and they have offered to have him plead guilty if prosecutors did not seek the death penalty and instead agreed to a life sentence in prison. Finkelstein said Tuesday that the prosecutor's announcement was not unexpected, but again repeated that his team was ready to have Cruz plead guilty on all counts in exchange for 34 consecutive life sentences without parole.

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But standing mute neither denies nor confirms the allegations, and allows his defense attorneys to proceed without appearing to disrespect the victims.

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