Nikolas Cruz, dressed in a standard orange jumpsuit, his hands clasped below a table, stared straight down into his lap Wednesday as his team of public defenders argued the admitted killer of 17 had no money to pay for a private attorney.
But it remains unclear whether Cruz does have any funds from his mother's estate coming to him.
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.
"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.
Police arrested him shortly after the shooting, and Cruz has confessed to being the gunman, court documents show.
It's still unclear exactly how much money Cruz has access to and how much, if anything, he'll get from his mother's estate, ABC said.
But his lawyers have yet to determine whether the instalments are paid monthly or yearly and whether Cruz is entitled to it.
Among the matters to be settled by the probate court include determining what assets exist and how to divide them among the brothers. Zachary sat in the gallery during Wednesday's hearing.
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He also has Microsoft stock that was worth $2,227 as of Tuesday and $353 in a Wells Fargo bank account. And up until October 2017, McNeill told the judge, Cruz had $12,309.07 in a bank account at Wells Fargo.
His account now at the Broward County Jail sits at $669.18.
Cruz also has a life insurance check for $25,000, but he has not been able to obtain it, his lawyers said.
Sherer said she would rule on Cruz's financial status before the next hearing on April. 27, when she said she intends to pick a trial date. The judge entered a plea of not guilty on Cruz's behalf.
Simovitch started representing Cruz one day before his alleged February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 and injured 17 others, the Herald said.
He stands accused of 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.
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". "Mr. Cruz is, in fact, potentially a beneficiary of those funds".More news: Korea, US closely coordinating for summits with N. Korea
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