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Former student indicted on 17 counts of murder in Florida school shooting

Former student indicted on 17 counts of murder in Florida school shooting

On Tuesday, a secret grand jury met in Broward County to formally charge Cruz with the 17 murders of the victims killed in the shooting.

Cruz, 19, who police say admitted to the Valentine's Day shooting rampage at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, now faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and an additional 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

While Florida lawmakers debate that bill, the grand jury decided Wednesday that ex-student Nikolas Cruz should be charged for the 17 deaths.

No date for an arraignment, at which Cruz will be allowed to enter a plea, has been set, said Constance Simmons, a spokeswoman for the Broward County state attorney's office.

This is a developing story.

Cruz confessed to investigators when he was captured about an hour after the shooting.

After allegedly gunning down 17 students and faculty at Parkland's Stoneman Douglas High School, Cruz reportedly broke out in laughter less than a week after one of the worst school massacres in modern USA history.

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On February 24, a deputy noted that Cruz had a visit with an unidentified family member.

He requested to read a Bible before another restless night of sleep, another deputy said.

Still in isolation, Cruz drank juice and refused a meal in the morning, one deputy said.

Cruz moved in with Kimberly and James Snead shortly after his mother died in November.

"I think they're gonna want to know what was going on with Nick Cruz in the 90 days that they lived with him prior to the shooting", said Lewis, "you know, whether they saw anything". The panel will hear testimony from witnesses and then vote on an indictment.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office had received at least 45 calls to respond to service about Cruz or his brother in the past decade, before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, reports stated.

The teenager's public defenders say he will plead guilty if the death penalty is taken off the table.


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