Parkland shooter can afford new lawyers, public defenders say

County public defenders file motion in court

By Steve Almasy, CNN
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The suspect in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz, makes a court appearance on a closed-circuit television screen during a bond hearing on Feb. 15, 2018.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz is about to come into more than $430,000 and should get new lawyers, the Broward County Public Defender's Office said in a court filing on Wednesday.

The money is half of a life insurance inheritance worth $864,929.17.

In its motion to withdraw from the case, the public defenders' office said it is prohibited from representing a non-indigent person.

Gordon Weekes, with the public defender's office, said the the money comes from the estate of Cruz's adoptive mother, who died in November 2017.

Cruz massacred 17 people and injured 17 others at his former school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in February 2018. It is the deadliest high school shooting in US history.

The trial will not begin until 2020 at the earliest, according to reports from local media.

Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty for Cruz, saying the shooting was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel."

His public defenders have said there is no question he did it, and he's willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

CNN's Jamiel Lynch contributed to this report.

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