Cruz, 23, faces at least life in jail and limit of capital punishment, which will be chosen by a jury in the impending condemning period of the preliminary. The arraignment has said they intend to look for capital punishment.
In court, Cruz wore an apprehended shirt, dark vest, facial covering and enormous, thick-outlined glasses. He remained at the court platform and addressed Judge Elizabeth Scherer’s series of inquiries with a yes mama am or no maam, and guaranteed her, I know what’s happening. He said he had wretchedness and uneasiness, and that he was encountering tension in court, however he said he had the option to continue.
Cruz then, at that point, reacted liable when every one of the 34 charges were perused to him. Thereafter, he was sorry to the casualties in a short discourse.
I’m extremely upset for what I did, and I need to live with it consistently. If I somehow managed to get another opportunity, I would do my best to attempt to help other people, he said. I’m doing this for you, and I couldn’t care less in the event that you don’t trust me. Also, I love you, and I realize you don’t trust me, however I need to live with this consistently, and it brings me bad dreams and I can’t live with myself some of the time, yet I attempt to push through in light of the fact that I realize that is the thing that you all would need me to do.
I disdain medications, and I accept this nation would improve if everybody would quit partaking in cannabis and doing this load of medications and causing bigotry and viciousness out in the roads, he proceeded. I’m heartbroken, and I can’t sit in front of the TV any longer. Also, I’m making an honest effort to keep up with my self-control, and I simply need you to know I’m truly grieved, and I trust you allow me an opportunity to attempt to help other people. I trust it’s your choice to choose where I go, and regardless of whether I live or bite the dust. Not the jury’s. I trust it’s your choice. I’m grieved.
The adjudicator then, at that point, inquired as to whether he comprehended that a jury, and not the casualties’ families, would have the lawful ability to choose his sentence, and he affirmed that he comprehended.
What I implied was I accept they ought to reserve the privilege to pick, the actual casualties, on whether I should take critical,” Cruz said.
He was then positioned in binds, fingerprinted and accompanied from the court.
The supplication comes more than three and a half years after the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which he killed 17 understudies and employees and harmed 17 others in what is the deadliest secondary school shooting in US history.
In court, the indictment spread out the nerve racking course of events of the shooting, which started when Cruz, then, at that point, 19, gotten his AR-15-style rifle and magazines and rode in a Uber to his previous secondary school. There, he took out his rifle and stacked it, and when an understudy strolled close, Cruz offered an admonition. You better leave, he told the understudy. Something terrible is going to occur.
Cruz then, at that point, meandered through the lobbies of the school and terminated aimlessly at different understudies and staff in corridors and homerooms, examiners said. He ultimately left the school and was arrested a few miles away.
Change of supplication was reviewed a week ago