The state attorney in Broward County, Michael J. Satz, submitted a notice of intent to seek the death penalty to state court.
"This is an opportunity to put the criminal case behind and help the victims' families begin to try and pick up pieces of their lives for our community to heal and to figure out how we stop these things from ever happening again", Finkelstein said last month.
Cruz's attorney, Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, said in a statement to ABC News that the move by prosecutors "was not unexpected".
"We are not saying he is not guilty but we can't plead guilty while death is still on the table". Last week Cruz, above, appeared before magistrate court via video where 17 attempted murder charges were added by the grand jury to the existing premeditated murder charges.
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Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the attack on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 14 students and three staff died.