The Florida faculty district which includes the Parkland high-school at which a gunman massacred 17 adolescents and educators refused its own share of fresh state funds meant to arm teachers to assist them fight attackers, county authorities said Wednesday. She said that $3,333 from the annuity was deposited into Nikolas Cruz's checking account just prior to his mother's death in November, but no similar deposits have appeared since. A statement shows one annuity included a deposit of more than $3,333 into Cruz's account previous year, but he does not have access to the money at this time, his attorney said.
An attorney told 7News he estimates Cruz's defense could cost $2 million.
"He does not want that money". Cruz and his brother Zachary also stand to receive a $25,000 life insurance policy payout and shared of Microsoft stock.
"Let it go to those who have been hurt, period", another member of his legal team, Howard Finkelstein, asked the judge. It's also not clear how frequently the annuity pays, lawyers said.
It was previously determined that Cruz could not afford his own attorney and the Broward County Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent him. He said he eventually realized he had left the weapon behind, and went back to get it, only to hear a gunshot. A judge will make a decision on the matter later this month.
Cruz's wealth now consists of 24 Microsoft stocks worth about $2,200 from which he receives dividends, and he is entitled to $25,000 from his mother's life insurance, which he has not yet obtained. 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".
According to the Post, Cruz's lawyers have told prosecutors their client is willing to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison.
"I really believe in my soul that the best thing for the families of the victims is to lock him up and throw (away) the key", Finkelstein said. It will be long.
One additional complication is that Cruz is facing lawsuits from the victims' families, that, if successful, would be likely to take the majority, if not all, of his remaining assets. "The state of Florida is not allowing Mr. Cruz to choose his own punishment", said Assistant State Attorney Shari Tate in court earlier. The judge entered a plea of not guilty on Cruz's behalf.