Stoneman Douglas school shooter wants victims to have his inheritance, attorneys say

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Nikolas Cruz, the Florida Parkland school shooter appears to have "turned a new leaf" as he declared that his inheritance be donated to victims of his attack and help "heal the community".

A Wednesday afternoon hearing will determine whether Cruz can afford to hire his own attorneys to defend him.

"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.

Sean Simpson, a chemistry teacher at the Parkland, Fla., high school where 17 people were shot dead in February, said he inadvertently left the firearm at a restroom at a nearby beach Sunday.

"They're going to be here billing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars if you remove our office from the biggest case in America", Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein implored the judge.

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The Miami Herald reported last month that Boca Raton attorney Audra Simovitch filed an amended petition in Broward County probate court in March asking that Rocxanne Deschamps, a friend of Cruz's mother who cared for Cruz and his younger brother after their mother died, should not be appointed to represent the estate. Judge Elizabeth Scherer did not make an immediate ruling.

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. A statement shows one annuity included a deposit of more than $3,333 into Cruz's account a year ago, but he does not have access to the money at this time, his attorney said. Cruz's prison commissary account contains $669, his defense told the court.

But McNeill, Cruz's attorney, said in court on Wednesday that Cruz does not have access to any of those funds, the New York Post reports.

On Wednesday, Cruz's attorneys offered to surrender any money he would inherit to the victims.

"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.