SUNRISE, Fla. — Prosecutors have launched hours of video interrogation of Florida’s college capturing suspect, footage displaying the younger man slouching in a chair, being repeatedly urged by a detective to talk louder and punching himself within the face when he’s alone.
The video y reveals Cruz hunched over at occasions, leaning again at others. He’s seen carrying hospital garments and talking so softly initially that Broward Sheriff’s Detective John Curcio has to repeatedly urge him to speak louder. At one level shortly after getting into a small interrogation room, the detective asks Cruz: “You all proper? Acquired to have the ability to converse so I can hear you.”
At one level, with the police out of the room, the video reveals Cruz take two fingers, put them to his left temple and faux to drag a set off. He gave a little bit shake after doing this. Later, he’s seen punching himself exhausting within the face with each palms and sometimes scratching at his proper arm with a small object he picked up off the ground.
A lot of the interrogation centered on a demonic voice Cruz claims he has heard inside his head for years that urges him to commit violent acts. When requested what the voice often stated, Cruz answered, “Burn. Kill. Destroy.” He additionally stated the voice instructed him to chop himself.
At one other level with Curcio out of the room, Cruz mutters, “Kill me,” after which, later, “I wish to die.”
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri instructed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College Public Security Fee that Cruz’s fluctuating behaviour by the years made it tough for varsity officers to find out how he must be dealt with. Cruz, a 19-year-old former pupil at Stoneman Douglas, is charged with killing 17 individuals within the Valentine’s Day assault there.
“It was actually a roller-coaster with Cruz actually from beginning,” Gualtieri stated. A report launched final week by the Broward County college district stated he started displaying behavioral points that obtained him kicked out of pre-kindergarten. He spent his college years shuttling between common campuses and people for youngsters with emotional and behavioral issues. “He had some actually unhealthy low occasions however at occasions he was with out behavioral points,” Gualtieri stated.
Gualtieri did not go into particulars however it has been beforehand reported that Cruz obtained into fights, dedicated vandalism, cursed academics and drew a swastika on his backpack. Directors carried out a risk evaluation of him in 2016, about 5 months earlier than he was kicked out of the varsity.
Cruz is jailed on 17 first-degree homicide fees. His attorneys have stated he would plead responsible in change for a sentence of life in jail with out parole. Prosecutors are looking for the loss of life penalty.