New: Florida shooter trying to avoid the death penalty


The 19-year-old suspect who is accused of killing 17 people on Wednesday may plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty.

The Hill reports: A public defender representing the 19-year-old suspect in Wednesday’s shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school told reporters on Friday that his client would be willing to plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty.

Broward County public defender Howard Finkelstein told ABC News that Nikolas Cruz, the former student charged in the shooting rampage that killed 17 people and wounded others, would plead guilty immediately in exchange for prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table.

“We have an opportunity to begin to put this behind us, to help the victims’ families as much as we can and begin to heal as a community,” Finkelstein said Friday evening.

“It comes down to one simple question: Does he live or does he die?” he added.

Finkelstein also said his client may plead insanity plea if the defense cannot reach a deal with prosecutors. He says law enforcement and the local government are also to blame, according to The Hill.

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