Crime Parkland shooter addresses court as he pleads guilty
Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz to plead guilty to all 17 counts of premeditated murder, 17 counts attempted: report
Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz will plead guilty to all 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, according to a new report. © Amy Beth Bennett Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz is shown at the defense table during pre-trial motions at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, on four criminal counts stemming from his alleged attack on a Broward jail guard in November 2018. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool) The now 23-year-old burst into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb.
Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for killing 17 and injuring 17 others in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
Cruz replied "guilty" when Judge Elizabeth Scherer asked how he wanted to plea to the slaying or wounding of each victim. Parents of the slain students watched from the courtroom and wiped tears from their eyes.
Cruz said in court, "I am very sorry for what I did and I have to live with it every day. … It brings me nightmares and I can't live with myself sometimes."
Hearing set abruptly in 2018 Florida school massacre case
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A last-minute court hearing is set Friday in Florida for Nikolas Cruz, the man police said has confessed to the 2018 massacre of 17 people at a suburban high school. The hearing in Broward County Circuit Court was scheduled abruptly Thursday and does not describe the purpose. But WSVN-TV reported without citing sources by name that Cruz would plead guilty to all 17 murder counts against him. Cruz's attorneys did notThe hearing in Broward County Circuit Court was scheduled abruptly Thursday and does not describe the purpose. But WSVN-TV reported without citing sources by name that Cruz would plead guilty to all 17 murder counts against him.
Cruz said he believes the victims should be the ones to decide whether he gets the death penalty.
A jury will decide if Cruz, 23, will get the death penalty or life in prison.
On Feb. 14, 2018, Cruz, then 19, gunned downat his former school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was taken into custody that day.
Abrupt hearing set for man accused of Parkland shootings: report
A hearing has been set for Friday for Nikolas Cruz, the man accused of carrying out the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead and led to new calls for gun control in the United States.The Associated Press and other outlets described the scheduling of the hearing as abrupt, and one local outlet, WSVN-TV, reported Cruz, 23, would plead guilt to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted murder. The Hill has not verified that report, and WSVN did not cite its sources.
Manuel Oliver, father of 17-year-old victim Joaquin Oliver,"I can’t wait for this to be over so I can move on, at least without the weight of not knowing what's going to happen to this person."
Last week Cruz pleaded guilty to charges in connection to his attack on a jail guard in 2018.
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