Nikolas Cruz Arraigned In Court, Waives Hearing His Charges

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz

A Florida judge entered a not-guilty plea for Nikolas Cruz, who faces a possible death penalty for a massacre at a high school in February that killed 17 people and triggered a nationwide walkout of students on Wednesday.

A person close to the accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, then called the FBI's public tipline on January 5 warning them of his gun ownership and concerns of a possible school shooting.

A teacher from room 1216 also called for help and told the 911 operator that a student had been hit in the chest, and wasn't breathing. "This is going to come down to one issue - does he live, or does he die?" "Cruz will rot in hell no matter when it is that he arrives there".

In a statement last month, State Attorney Michael Satz said the case was "certainly the type of case the death penalty was designed for". Organizers said the protests were held to highlight "Congress' inaction against the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods". "I'd rather him rot in prison the rest of his life".

Superintendent Robert Runcie said he wants an immediate, independent review of the social and educational history of Cruz. "Why not take the plea and let the guy rot in hell?" Local, state and federal authorities are looking into how the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff's Office responded to repeated warnings about Cruz's potential for carrying out a school shooting; whether multiple sheriff's deputies responding to the shooting remained outside the school, as officers from a nearby city have alleged; and the precise nature of all the interactions Cruz had with authorities. Finkelstein said his team still remains ready to have Cruz plead guilty on all counts in exchange for life sentences.

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Some family members of the victims of the shooting rampage were at court for the arraignment and were visibly emotional at times. His attorneys said they were standing mute on entering a plea, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by the judge.

In other developments, a student who is credited with saving the lives of 20 students by attempting to close and lock a classroom door during the attack was improving at a hospital. It is believed that at this time, shots were still being fired.

Jurors are hearing emotional testimony at the trial of the widow of a man who shot and killed 49 people at a Florida nightclub.

The National Rifle Association opposed a provision of the law that raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21. He walks off screen, and the video changes to a long angle of a golf cart driving away. "What they're saying is, that these weapons of mass destruction that do nothing but tear human beings apart in an unbelievable way, do not belong in civilian hands".

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