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Finances of Parkland school shooting suspect to be addressed at Wednesday hearing

Finances of Parkland school shooting suspect to be addressed at Wednesday hearing

According to a report by CNN, attorney Howard Finkelstein, Cruz's court-appointed public defender, shared the information about Cruz's finances in a court hearing earlier today to determine if he is eligible for taxpayer-funded legal counsel.

"We should definitely launch a campaign to persuade the governor, for those districts who do not want to arm their employees, that they give us the money to keep kids safe", said board member Robin Bartleman. "He would like that money donated to an organization that the victims' families believe would be able to facilitate the healing in our community".

McNeill told the court that Cruz's mother may have also left an annuity behind, but its worth remains up in the air.

The school board in Florida's Broward County - where 17 people died when a gunman opened fire February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - voted unanimously against accepting state money so that school personnel can be trained to carry guns on campus.

In an unusual move, Finkelstein said Cruz was willing to admit guilt and serve 17 consecutive life sentences, well before Broward State Attorney Michael Satz said his office would seek the death penalty.

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. Between her estate and his own financial accounts, Cruz could have access to up to $800,000.

Additional assets held by Cruz include a bank account with $353, about $2,200 in Microsoft stock and the dividend payments therefrom, a life insurance check for $25,000, and his prison commissary account containing $669. They listed several factors, including that Cruz knowingly created a risk of death for many people and the shooting was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

Finkelstein told CNN he has no issue with Cruz's money, if it exists, going to the victims' families. A judge will make a decision on the matter later this month.

"Just so the court is aware, Mr. Cruz does not want those funds", his attorney, Melissa McNiell of the public defenders office, told Judge Scherer during the hearing. "We will put the victims' families through another hell".


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