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Attorney: Cruz To Plead Guilty To Parkland School Massacre

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, file photo, Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz looks up after crying during day two of jury selection in his trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale Fla., on four criminal counts stemming from his alleged attack on a Broward jail guard in November 2018. The lawyers for Cruz said Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, that he plans to plead guilty to the 2018 massacre at a Parkland high school. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

(AP) — The lawyers for accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz say he plans to plead guilty to the 2018 massacre at a Parkland high school.

The guilty plea would set up a penalty phase where the 23-year-old Cruz would be fighting against the death penalty and hoping for life without parole. The lawyers on Friday said the guilty pleas will be entered next week. A jury will decide whether Cruz will get the death penalty.

The judge hopes that trial will start in January. The news brings some closure to a South Florida community more than three years after an attack that sparked a nationwide movement for gun control.

 

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