Prosecutors in Florida have announced that they will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of spraying a Florida high school with gunfire last month, leaving 17 people dead. Mr. Cruz is possibly facing 17 counts of premeditated murder in the school shooting.
Cruz's public defender said previously that his client would plead guilty, and would face life in prison, if prosecutors took the death penalty off the table.
Satz formally submitted a notice of intent to seek death with the Clerk of Courts on Tuesday.
A Broward County grand jury last week indicted the 19-year-old gunman on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree.
Prosecutors in the case listed several aggravating factors that they say contributed to the decision to seek the death penalty, including that Mr Cruz "knowingly created a great risk of death to many persons". The action by prosecutors Tuesday does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.
Cruz now "stands mute" before the charges, having withdrawn a written "not guilty" plea after being indicted by the grand jury. Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair.
Tuesday's news comes one day before the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
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.
The commission will consider proposals that call for raising the age of weapon purchases to 21, banning bump stocks, a ban on types of semi-automatic rifles and extending the waiting period for gun purchases.
"Our kids are not asking to do away with the 2nd Amendment".