WSVN Channel 7 reports Parkland school massacre suspect to plead guilty on all counts.
23-year-old Nikolas Cruz will plead guilty to all 17 counts of premeditated murder and all 17 counts of attempted murder in the Valentine’s Day shooting that killed 17 people and wounded more than a dozen.
The plea is for Friday in Broward Circuit Court.
UPDATE: Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor says there have been no negotiations with Cruz. Here’s his statement:
Statement from the Broward State Attorney’s Office: We have to refer all of your questions to the defense. There have been no plea negotiations with the prosecution. If he pleads guilty, there would still be a penalty phase.
A status hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) in Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer’s courtroom and via Zoom.
An independent investigation conducted by a local law firm has cleared Principal Ty Thompson and several assistants of any wrongdoing related to the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. In January 2019, the Broward School District hired Cole, Scott, Kissane to review the actions of Thompson, Denise Reed, Winfred Porter and Jeff Morford. The District hired the firm to “review… the principal’s actions or lack of actions.”
A source with knowledge of the investigation tells REDBROWARD the review has “totally exonerated” Thompson, Reed and Porter. The source said Morford will received a reprimand for issues surrounding a threat assessment failure. A formal announcement is due Friday.
All three continue to work at new schools.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated Winfred Porter was reprimanded. Only Jeff Morford will receive one. We apologize for the error.