Zachary Cruz's Lawyer Wants BSO Probation Chief Held In Contempt Of Court

The attorney for Zachary Cruz, brother of suspected Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz, is calling on a Broward Sheriff's probation chief to be held in contempt of court.

In a motion filed this week, Attorney Mark Lowry accuses David Scharf, executive director of community programs and head of the department of probation for BSO, of wrongly ordering Cruz's ankle monitor to alert authorities whenever he enters Broward County, which is not part of his probation. 

According to court paperwork filed Monday, Scharf also called an ankle monitoring service every ten minutes on Saturday to learn whether Zachary Cruz was violating his probation.

Eighteen-year-old Cruz is on probation for trespassing at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in March, the scene of his brother’s deadly rampage in February. 

Officials were alerted on Sunday when Cruz visited his Mother's grave site on Mother's day just before his move to Virgina for work.

When he reached his mother’s grave, his ankle monitor began to go off, according to Lowry.

“Mr. Cruz was very scared and worried over being arrested for violating his probation when he had not done anything wrong,” Lowry wrote. “It was because of this fear that Mr. Cruz ... quickly ended the visit to his mother’s graveside prematurely.”

So far no word from BSO on the matter.


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