Florida school shooter plans to plead guilty, public defender chief says

Plea will allow Cruz to avoid death penalty

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The suspect in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz, makes a court appearance on a closed-circuit television screen during a bond hearing on Feb. 15, 2018.

(CNN) -- Confessed Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz intends to plead guilty, Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said Friday. Finkelstein said the object is to avoid a painful trial and for Cruz not to get the death penalty.

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