The 19-year-old accused of killing 17 individuals at his former highschool in February desires to donate his six-figure inheritance to the households of the victims, an legal professional for Nikolas Cruz instructed a choose on Wednesday.
The Florida Sun-Sentinel studies that protection legal professional Melisa McNeill instructed a choose that Cruz needs to donate his $800,000 inheritance to a company of the households’ alternative.
“He would really like that cash donated to a company that the victims’ households consider might facilitate therapeutic in our group,” McNeill stated. Cruz attended the Wednesday listening to however didn’t communicate, the Solar-Sentinel studies.
It is unclear if the households of the victims would comply with such a request.
Cruz was in courtroom this week to find out whether or not he’s eligible to make use of a public defender or is required as a substitute to hunt pricey exterior counsel, which his attorneys argue he can’t afford.
McNeill stated Cruz doesn’t at present have entry to any of his anticipated inheritance funds or different revenue, and that he at present has lower than $400 in a checking account.
If convicted, Cruz faces the demise penalty in Florida. Protection attorneys stated Cruz is prepared to plead responsible in alternate for all times in jail, however Florida state prosecutors haven’t agreed to the deal.
“The state of Florida just isn’t permitting Mr. Cruz to decide on his personal punishment for the homicide of 17 individuals,” prosecutor Shari Tate with the Broward State Legal professional’s Workplace instructed the Solar-Sentinel.
Survivors of the February assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College responded to the assault with the nationwide “March for Our Lives,” an ongoing marketing campaign in opposition to gun violence that final month drew tons of of 1000’s to the nation’s capital to protest in help of more durable gun restrictions.