School massacre suspect charged with 17 counts of murder

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz has been formally charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder, authorities announced.

A grand jury in Fort Lauderdale returned the indictment Wednesday against the 19-year-old for the

Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in which 17 people died and 16 were wounded.

If convicted of the murder charges he could face a death sentence.

The indictment also charges Cruz, who deputies have described as ”smiling and giggling” to himself behind bars, with 17 counts of attempted murder.

Cruz’s public defender has said he’ll plead guilty if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table, which would mean life in prison. The Broward County state attorney hasn’t announced a decision on the death penalty.

With Post Wires

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