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Prosecutors demand death sentence for Florida school shooting suspect

Prosecutors demand death sentence for Florida school shooting suspect

Last week Cruz, above, appeared before magistrate court via video where 17 attempted murder charges were added by the grand jury to the existing premeditated murder charges.

Mr Cruz's lawyers have said they have taken this approach to avoid upsetting survivors and families of victims with the "fiction" of a not guilty plea.

Finkelstein has previously said he would have Cruz plead guilty if prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty, a deal he said was still on the table.

The state of Florida will seek the death penalty against accused Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nicholas Cruz, according to court documents.

In a notice filed Tuesday in circuit court, Michael J. Satz, the Broward state attorney, said the state meant to seek the death penalty for Cruz and would prove that the crime "was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

Cruz's public defender Howard Finkelstein is not contesting his client's guilt, and is instead offering to have him plead guilty in exchange for life in prison.

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

If Cruz does not enter a plea, a not guilty plea will likely be entered on his behalf by Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer to keep the legal process moving along, his attorneys have said.

The shooting has reignited the debate over gun control in Florida and across the country.

He has been held in the Broward County Jail without bond since the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland.

Anthony's family has filed notice that they will sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.