Accused Parkland shooter could inherit thousands; wants victims to get money

Parkland school shooter accused, Nikolas Cruz wants to donate his inheritance - which could run to hundreds of thousands of dollars or more - to the bereaved families and survivors of his attack, his lawyers said Wednesday. Judge Elizabeth Scherer did not make an immediate ruling.

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"The public defenders would be reimbursed the cost of its services", said Silverman, a retired judge who is not involved in the case.

"He wants that money donated to an organization that he believes would facilitate healing in our community", defense attorney Melissa McNeil told the court.

The hearing was held to determine whether Cruz is entitled to a public defender.

According to ABC New his mother, Lynda Cruz, died November 1 after contracting the flu, leaving an Allstate Life Insurance policy in which Nikolas Cruz possibly stands to collect $25,000.

Attorney Howard Finkelstein said the probate case involving his late mother's estate has moved slowly, so Cruz's exact net worth can not be determined, but Cruz has one or two annuities. His brother, Zachary Cruz, also attended the hearing and did not speak. Cruz's prison commissary account contains $669, his defense told the court.

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"That amount of money would already be gone", he said.

Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of the charges against him.

Scherer did not immediately rule but said she would issue a decision before the next pretrial hearing April 27.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is the beneficiary of his dead mother's estate, and he's due to inherit most of his trust fund over the next two years, according to WTVX Palm Beach.

His attorneys have said he is willing to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, according to the Sun Sentinel.

But McNeill, Cruz's attorney, said in court on Wednesday that Cruz does not have access to any of those funds, the New York Post reports.

  • Ismael Montgomery