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Parkland School Shooter Set to Receive Over $400,000

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Nikolas Cruz's inheritance will likely to toward defending himself in his death penalty case. (Susan Stocker/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 25 April 2019 01:17 PM

Confessed Parkland, Florida school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is set to receive more than $400,000 from a life insurance policy, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting.

Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, will split $864,929.17 with his younger brother Zachary. The money is presumably a death benefit for their mother, Lynda, who died in November 2017, the newspaper said.

As a result of the money, Cruz, will lose representation from the Broward Public Defender's office. The public defender only represents clients who cannot afford to hire their own attorneys.

Meanwhile, attorneys interviewed by the newspaper, said the money will not go very far in hiring another lawyer in a death penalty case. One lawyer said at least half of that money could be spent on having expert witnesses testify.

Others contacted by the Sentinel said Cruz is unlikely to ever see any of it because victims'  families have sued him and won default judgments.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the shootings, said the loss of the public defender's representation and the appointment of a new attorney for Cruz, will just cause unnecessary delays in the case.

"I'm furiously mad right now," he tweeted.

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Set to receive more than $400,000 from a life insurance policy, confessed Parkland, Florida school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is likely to have to afford his own representation now, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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