Judge to review confession by Nikolas Cruz; defense wants to block public release

Posted at 1:22 PM, Jun 08, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) —  A judge will review a 12-hour video interview between Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz and detectives before deciding which parts can be publicly released.

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Prosecutors told Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer at a hearing Friday that the interview includes a confession to the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz's lawyers say those portions should not be released and other segments might inflame a community already traumatized by the crime.

The interview began in the hours after the shooting. Attorneys for The Associated Press and other media organizations argued that some parts could be blocked from release, but as much as possible should be made public.

The 19-year-old Cruz faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and could face the death penalty. His lawyers say he will plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence.