State Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a Coral Springs Democrat, volunteered for jury duty while blasting reports that defense lawyers are trying to avoid the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder after Wednesday’s shooting spree at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
Moskowitz is a graduate of the Parkland school and has spent the days since Cruz’s rampage — the second-worst school shooting in the nation’s history — consoling members of the grief-stricken Broward County community.
“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. The families who lost their children, who lost everything, who are broken forever must be consulted. Let them decide!” Moskowitz said in a press release Monday morning.
The 19-year-old gunman’s assault “was a methodically planned and executed mass murder,” Moskowitz, a lawyer, said.
“Not only had he carefully calculated the attack, he had an escape plan and used it. 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,” he ranted.
“If you were to ask my opinion? Off with his head! To the State Attorney: I am available for jury duty,” Moskowitz concluded.