Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Wants To Give Victims His Inheritance

A discussion on gun violence was held Saturday in Delray Beach

A discussion on gun violence was held Saturday in Delray Beach

McNeill said the estate of Cruz's mother is tied up in the probate process with multiple claims and lawsuits against it. Lynda Cruz died in November from flu complications.

ABC reported Cruz's attorneys told the court on Wednesday that he was ready to plead immediately.

"Mr. Cruz does not want those funds, whatever money that he is entitled to", McNeill reportedly said.

The Miami Herald reports word from the Broward County Sheriff's Office, which says that a drunk homeless man entered the restroom, picked up the gun, and fired it into a wall before Simpson reentered the restroom.

During a hearing in Broward County Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale to determine if he could afford an attorney, public defender Melissa McNeill said Cruz, 19, made the request that any inheritance go to the families of the shooting victims, ABC News reported.

Whatever his worth, Finkelstein said, Cruz would like whatever money isn't used on his defense donated to a cause that promotes healing and education in the community. His brother, Zachary Cruz, also attended the hearing and did not speak.


If Cruz has access only to the $25,000 check and the money in his accounts, then there is no way that would cover two or three years of expenses in a capital murder case, Finkelstein told the court.

Cruz will be back in court again on April 27.

But Assistant State Attorney Shari Tate said prosecutors won't let that happen and that the case should go to a jury.

Nikolas Cruz also has a bank account with $353 and receives dividends from about $2,200 in Microsoft stock, his lawyers said. He's being held without bail in a Broward County jail.

Prosecutors have officially filed a notice of intent to pursue the death penalty, citing Cruz's actions as "knowingly creat [ing] a great risk of death for many persons", being "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel", and that the homicides were "committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification".

His attorneys have said he is willing to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, according to the Sun Sentinel. "We will put the victims' families through another hell". "We're going to allow the citizens of this community to choose that punishment, not Mr. Cruz".

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