April 24, 2019 10:13 PM
Updated on April 24, 2019 22:24 PM
Nikolas Cruz, the self-confessed author of the 17-person massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, will receive about half a million dollars of his mother's life insurance, which is why the attorneys appointed this Wednesday to leave the case.
The Office of Labor Lawyers of Broward County, South Florida, reported that Cruz will soon receive an inheritance of $ 432,000, so it does not qualify for free legal representation to be able to afford its own lawyers.
Nikolas and his little brother Zachary will be paid $ 864,000 in life insurance for the death of their mother, Lynda, who died in November 2017, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported.
However, it is likely that Cruz will never have that money, because the cost of lawyers in a case like this must be higher than that figure and it is anticipated that the relatives of some of the victims could also request compensation during the trial.
The process could be delayed after the action taken by the ex officio lawyers, since the defendant must seek new legal representation, which will need time to review all the existing documentation.
The ex officio lawyers recommended Cruz to plead guilty to 17 first-degree murder charges if they withdrew the death penalty petition, but the State rejected this agreement.
The death of Nikolas Cruz's mother came a few months before the February 14, 2018 massacre at Marjory Stonmeman Douglas High School in Parkland, a town near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Nikolas Cruz, who, unlike his mother, liked guns and had a small arsenal at home, confessed to the police that he had killed seventeen people with a semi-automatic rifle at the school from which he had been expelled months earlier.
Since that same February 14, he is in prison awaiting trial.