Public Defenders representing Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, have requested to be removed from the case.
Cruz stands accused of murdering 17 and wounding 17 at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Feb. 2018. Broward Count Public Defenders Office has requested that he be ordered to hire private representation. Cruz stands to inherit $432,000 from his late mother’s estate.
Prosecutors, however, say that the money is likely to be tied up in lawsuits for years. More than 26 victims have filed lawsuits against the school board, sheriff, and others, including Cruz.
Cruz has has pleaded not guilty, but his attorneys say he would plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. At this time, prosecutors are not willing to take that off the table.