State Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where authorities say 17 students and faculty members were gunned down last week by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, says prosecutors should show no mercy if it’s determined that Cruz was the killer.
“If you were to ask my opinion? Off with his head! To the State Attorney: I am available for jury duty,” Moskowitz, a Democrat from Coral Springs said in a statement released Monday morning.
Cruz’s attorneys suggested Friday that Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors will agree not to ask for the death penalty. Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
“This was a methodically planned and executed mass murder. Not only had he carefully calculated the attack, he had an escape plan and used it,” Moskowitz said. “This wasn’t a suicide mission, this was an act of terror that he wanted to commit and walk away from, living to see another day, and now he wants to live again, in jail! We should not give him what he wants.”
But Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz said his office has not made a decision on the matter.
“Our office will announce our formal position at the appropriate time,” Satz said in a statement issued by his office on Saturday.
“Frankly, it is indefensible for the prosecution or defense to already be considering whether or not the death penalty will be on the table for this domestic terrorist,” Moskowitz added. “The families who lost their children, who lost everything, who are broken forever must be consulted. Let them decide!”
Cruz is charged with walking onto the school’s campus last Wednesday afternoon and using an AR-15 assault rifle to kill the 17 victims and injuring 15 others.
Moskowitz was on the floor of the House last Wednesday when he received word of the shootings. He left Tallahassee immediately and traveled to Parkland where the school is located. He has spent the days since providing care for the community.