Attorney: Cruz to plead guilty to Parkland school massacre

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(Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

By TERRY SPENCER
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – The lawyers for accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz say he plans to plead guilty to the 2018 massacre at a Parkland high school.

The guilty plea would set up a penalty phase where the 23-year-old Cruz would be fighting against the death penalty and hoping for life without parole.

The lawyers on Friday said the guilty pleas will be entered next week. A jury will decide whether Cruz will get the death penalty.

The judge hopes that trial will start in January.

The news brings some closure to a South Florida community more than three years after an attack that sparked a nationwide movement for gun control.

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