Update: Thursday Hearing Regarding Parkland Shooter Inheritance Canceled


A hearing for accused high school shooter Nikolas Cruz scheduled for Thursday is not happening.  

It was requested last week by the Broward County public defender to determine whether Cruz, who might be in line for an inheritance, is indigent.  But Local 10 News reports there was a sign on the courtroom door saying the hearing was canceled "at attorney's request."

No word on when the hearing is rescheduled for


A Thursday hearing will determine whether Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz is entitled to an inheritance that he was set to receive in a few years.

Broward County's public defender filed a motion last week asking a judge to determine whether Cruz, 19, is indigent.

Cruz was determined indigent by the clerk of court, but defense attorneys have since learned that Cruz "may be a beneficiary in probate matters."

Cruz's mother died in November and his father died in 2004.

Rocxanne Deschamps, a family friend whom Cruz and his younger brother lived with briefly after his mother's death, is also seeking to become administrator of the estate for the Cruz brothers. 

Shortly after the death of his mother, Cruz got into a fight with Deschamps' 22-year-old son at their Lantana home, punching walls, breaking items inside and threatening to return with his gun, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office offense report from Nov. 29.

If Cruz comes into money later, it could be used to pay for his defense.

Cruz could face the death penalty if convicted of 17 counts of premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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