Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Florida school shooter

Nikolas Cruz appears for his arraignment in Fort Lauderdale Florida

Nikolas Cruz appears for his arraignment in Fort Lauderdale Florida

The Broward County State Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it would seek the death penalty for the 19-year-old man who fatally shot 14 students and three staff members February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

But the edited 27-minute video that was released Thursday illuminates little.

The videos have been a source of interest since investigations began into the actions of several law enforcement officials, including Peterson, who reportedly failed to immediately enter the school building, as officers are trained to do.

On the other side of the courtroom sat the grieving families of those killed or wounded in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School exactly one month ago.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Peterson never went into the building to confront the shooter.

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"Sheriff Israel's statement is, at best, gross over-simplification of the events that transpired", the letter states, before listing 12 points outlining Peterson's version of events. His attorneys said they were standing mute on entering a plea, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by the judge.

But they do expose the 54-year-old Peterson's failure to respond, authorities say.

Shooter Nikolas Cruz remained inside for another four minutes - killing 17 people and wounding 15. He has been kept away from other inmates for his own safety, the records said, and most of his interactions with other people have been with visiting attorneys or the jail staff members monitoring him.

Due to a court order, authorities released some of the surveillance footage in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. She agreed to a 30-day reset and said she was inclined to discharge the public defender, but had no issue allowing the Public Defender's Office to stay on the case until it was determined whether Cruz could hire a private attorney. It also prompted Wednesday's nationwide walkout of thousands of students who showed solidarity with the Parkland students a month after the shooting. "There's a lot of people around us that are injured, people that are injured, people that are bleeding".

As they cleared each of the building's three floors, the officers described seeing shell casings on the floor and bullet holes in the windows. On the third floor, they said they shattered windows in some locked classroom doors because terrified students would not open doors.

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