As Nikolas Cruz’s trial continues, new evidence emerges in the case of the former Stoneman Douglas who shot and killed 17 students last month. The prosecutors declared that several school counselors and a sheriff’s deputy recommended Cruz be forcibly committed to a mental institution for examination.
Nikolas Cruz Penned Down the Word ‘Kill’ Several Times in His Notebook
Cruz’s trial has taken an unexpected turn after the prosecutors produced evidence that shows the lack of action in preventing the Stoneman Douglas Highschool massacre. Newly found documents reveal that long before Nikolas Cruz set his plan in motion, the institution’s psychological counselor recommended Cruz for commitment under Florida’s Baker Plan.
Furthermore, the prosecution also draws attention upon the fact that this recommendation was countersigned by the institution’s resource officer, who, coincidentally, was the same sheriff’s deputy who resigned after he was accused of not intervening when Cruz opened fire on the school campus.
Regrettably, this recommendation was not to be the first red flag noted by the prosecution. The court documents reveal that Cruz’s mother, who passed away in November, was the first to approach Henderson Mental Health, expressing concern about her son’s behavior.
Allegedly, Cruz’s mental state began to deteriorate soon after he broke up with his girlfriend. His mother recalled seeing him punch the wall in a fit of anger and cutting his hand with a pencil sharpener.
After the tragedy that struck the Florida high school, the authorities uncovered one of Cruz’s notebooks with the word ‘kill’ scribbled all over it.
If the accused is found guilty on all 34 charges of first-degree murder he might be sentenced to death. However, his attorney hopes to make a deal with the judge – life in prison in exchange for her client pleading guilty to all charges.
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