Nikolas Cruz, the man is charged with 17 counts of murder for the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, registered to vote as a Republican while awaiting trial from jail.
Nikolas Cruz, 20, who confessed to killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, registered to vote as a Republican on July 25, according to The Miami Herald.
Cruz listed the address of the Broward County Jail as his residence, according to state voter registration records.
State law allows defendants to vote as long as they have not yet been convicted. Cruz confessed to killing 17 people in the Parkland shooting but is still awaiting trial.
Cruz’s registration came to light on Saturday, when Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, one of the 14 students who was killed on Feb. 14, tweeted his anger.
Referring to Cruz by his court case number, Pollack wrote: “I’m sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote. The Despicable Democrats have no shame. Can’t let them steal this election.”
I'm sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote.The Despicable Democrats have no shame.Can't let them steal this election. pic.twitter.com/qWisidEpek
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 10, 2018
In an interview Sunday morning on “Fox & Friends,” Pollack called Cruz’s registration “a dagger in my heart.”
“What kills me, too, is my daughter just turned 18,” he said. “This would have been her first election. And she was robbed from that.”
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright told local NBC affiliate WFLA that “Taking away the voting rights of an eligible person awaiting trial is illegal.”
Cruz had posted a photo of himself wearing one of President Donald Trump’s signature red “Make America Great Again’ hats on Instagram before the shooting, the social media site confirmed in February.
Instagram implicitly confirming that an account with a MAGA Trump hat avatar belonged to gunman Nikolas Cruz. Asked why the account was removed, spokesperson says: pic.twitter.com/LdXb73iCj8
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) February 15, 2018