Over the course of the interview, which began shortly after 6 p.m., about four hours after the shooting, Curcio appeared increasingly incredulous at Cruz's insistence that the voice pushed him to hurt himself and others. "A year after his ejection from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a school he insisted he would graduate from, he returned and murdered 14 students and three coaches".
The school district also chose to discontinue Cruz's behavior intervention plan because his "target behaviors were no longer in evidence and the plan was no longer needed".
Cruz spoke to the detective about what he called a demon in his head, according to the transcript of the interview.
Attorneys for Cruz asked a judge to restrict the release of the documents and video due to its possible impact on potential jurors for a trial may not take place for several years.
School records accessed for the report said, "It must be noted that in particular, [the student] seems to identify as an animal," and stated that Cruz often engaged in unpredictable animal-like behaviors such as growling, crawling on the floor, and pouncing on fellow students.
He said he's had to fight the voice from taking over, and that the only person he ever told about it was his brother. You deserve to die because you're (expletive) worthless and you (expletive) (unintelligible) everyone.
Cruz said said the voice urged him to shoot people at a park a week or two before the February 14 assault on Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland.
When asked what the voice told him to do, the suspected gunman said: "Burn".
"The voice is in here", he said, apparently pointing to his head. "The voice is, is in me". "And then it's me. Just f***ing kill me" when the officer left the room.
Curcio probed Cruz about why he didn't seek help.
The detective pushed Cruz on whether or not the voice really existed, "You could have stopped the demon by getting a prescription for marijuana". You could have stopped the demon by getting a prescription for Xanax.
At a later time, he allegedly remarked, "I want to die. You didn't want to stop the demon".
At points of the interrogation, Curcio left the room but the Cruz's words were still recorded.
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Curcio pressed him further, saying, "I think you're using the demon as an excuse". "I feel that he should stay in prison, rot in prison, than be put into general population". "If you have anyone to blame it's me. I love you with all my heart".
"The decision was made without my consultation, and I would like to have a say in what's going on right now", board member Robin Bartleman said. His attorneys have said he would be willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, an offer prosecutors have rejected. He was later apprehended. Three days later, he legally purchased the AR-15 assault rifle that he would use to commit one of the deadliest school shootings in US history almost one year to the day later.