Suspect exclaimed 'kill me' after Florida school shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A newly released transcript shows Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz spat out "kill me" and then cursed as he sat alone in a sheriff's interrogation room just hours after the massacre that left 17 dead.

Broward sheriff's Detective John Curcio had just left Cruz alone to get him some water when the 19-year-old suspect made that exclamation.

Prosecutors released a redacted transcript of Cruz's post-shooting statement Monday afternoon after a judge ruled last month that nonconfession portions should be made public. Cruz made the 12-hour statement to Curcio shortly after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The Associated Press and other media had sought the statement's release under Florida's broad public records laws.

Cruz's attorneys had wanted it suppressed, saying its disclosure could hinder his right to a fair trial.


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