Lawyers: Parkland shooting suspect wants to donate inheritance to victims

Lawyers: Parkland shooting suspect wants to donate inheritance to victims

Accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz has a trust fund of up to $800,000, but still says he can't afford to hire an attorney to represent him.

No-one was injured but chemistry teacher Sean Simpson, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been charged with failing to safely store his weapon. She said $3,333 from the annuity was deposited into a checking account Cruz had access to just prior to his mother's death, but that no similar deposits have appeared since.

His lawyers said in court that he wants any inheritance to go to those affected by the shooting or an organization that will help the community heal, according to ABC.

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

Attorney Melisa McNeil said it was against the policy of the public defender's office to handle such financial matters for clients.

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Nikolas Cruz also has a bank account with $353 and receives dividends from about $2,200 in Microsoft stock, his lawyers said.

A Florida educator, who survived among those most unexpected high school shootings in USA history, was detained Sunday after he abandoned a loaded pistol from the stall of the public restroom by which a displaced man discovered it stopped it, " police claimed.

Last month, a grand jury indicted Cruz on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree. His mother, Lynda Cruz, died November 1, leaving Nikolas Cruz with $25,000 from a life insurance policy, Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said in the hearing.

Judge Scherer intends to decide whether Cruz should be contributing financially to his own defense efforts before the April 27th hearing to determine the trial schedule. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. His defense team has said Cruz will plead guilty and serve life in prison if it means avoiding an execution. Judge Elizabeth Scherer did not make an immediate ruling.

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