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Public Defender to represent man accused of killing family

By Chuck Weber

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-The Wellington man accused of shooting his wife and twin sons to death is getting a lawyer at taxpayers' expense.

Tuesday in a West Palm Beach court room, Neal Jacobson spoke to directly to the judge about his finances, and whether he should continue being represented by Public Defender Carey Haughwout and her staff. The judge said he should for now.

Jacobson is accused of killing his 53-year old wife Franki, and 7-year old twin sons Eric and Joshua, in their Wellington home last month.

Jacobson owns several homes, but Tuesday told the judge he has large debts-- on the homes-- and from a previous business. "I assume those assets will be seized by my creditors," Jacobson said. "Honestly, your honor, I don't know how to go about it without Ms. Haughwout and her team representing me."

But a prosecutors' investigator testified Jacobson owns expensive cars and home furnishings, and just before the shootings, mentioned to a friend, he had money to live for a year.

Still Judge Stephen Rapp said Jacobson needed a lawyer facing such serious charges. Rapp appointed the Public Defender to represent Jacobson, leaving open the possibility that issues related to Jacobson's finances and representation could be re-addressed in the future.

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