State could face pitfalls in seeking death penalty for school shooter

- Accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz wanted to plead guilty and dodge the death penalty.

Prosecutors for the state, meanwhile, announced they will seek the death penalty in the accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter's case.

Not only is the state not willing to accept a plea deal, but they are proceeding under the most difficult burden of proof.

Attorney Anthony Rickman says there could be pitfalls for the state in seeking the ultimate punishment.

Rickman says determining Cruz's mental state will likely impact the case.

"We don't know the full extent of Cruz's mental health condition," Rickman said.

In Florida, the jury has to be unanimous when sentencing someone to death.

In the case of the Aurora theater shooter, James Holmes, who killed 12 people and injured several others, the jury sentenced him to life in prison. 

"They said that his mental illness, his mental demons prevented them on coming to a unanimous decision on death," said Rickman.

Aside from seeking justice for the victims' families, another reason to go forward with a trial may be political.

"The conversation continues about the impact of gun rights, the ability to possess and own assault rifles. Wherever you stand on the end of the spectrum, that conversation now continues," said Rickman.

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