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Crime Parkland shooter addresses court as he pleads guilty

18:15  20 october  2021
18:15  20 october  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz to plead guilty to all 17 counts of premeditated murder, 17 counts attempted: report

  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.

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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

  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.

Nikolas Cruz sits at the defense table, Oct. 20, 2021, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. © Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool Nikolas Cruz sits at the defense table, Oct. 20, 2021, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Cruz said he believes the victims should be the ones to decide whether he gets the death penalty.

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A jury will decide if Cruz, 23, will get the death penalty or life in prison.

Press members observe the image of the Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz through the Media Room's displays at the courtroom at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 20, 2021. © Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich/EPA via Shutterstock Press members observe the image of the Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz through the Media Room's displays at the courtroom at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 20, 2021.

On Feb. 14, 2018, Cruz, then 19, gunned down 14 students and three staff members at 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

  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.

In this Feb.14, 2018 file photo people are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school in Parkland, Fla. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images, FILE In this Feb.14, 2018 file photo people are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school in Parkland, Fla.

Manuel Oliver, father of 17-year-old victim Joaquin Oliver, told ABC News Live Friday, "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."

  Parkland shooter addresses court as he pleads guilty © Joe Raedle/Getty Images, FILE

Last week Cruz pleaded guilty to charges in connection to his attack on a jail guard in 2018.

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