Assault trial will test effect of publicity in Stoneman Douglas shooter case

In the mass shooting case, he could be sentenced to death for any of the 17 first-degree murder counts if convicted. He is also charged with 17 counts of attempted murder. He has offered to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, but prosecutors have rejected the offer, arguing that the decision of whether to spare Cruz’s life should be made by a jury, not lawyers.