Nikolas Cruz, charged in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is expected to plead guilty to all counts against him.
Cruz, now 23, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the February 14, 2018, shooting.
WSVN reported that Cruz’s attorneys are expected to announce the plea on Friday.
Previously, the defense had said Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors took the death penalty off the table, but at the time, prosecutors refused. It’s unknown if that has changed.
WSVN also said that Cruz will also plead guilty to battery against a Broward County jail guard in November 2018. Jury selection for that trial began last week.
The station said the trial is now expected to go directly to the penalty phase, and a jury will be seated to make that decision.
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[Featured image: Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz during jury selection last week for the trial on charges of attacking a jail guard. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)]