Remember that website that George Zimmerman set up to solicit donations for his legal fees and to fend off others who were trying to impersonate him?
That little site made Trayvon Martin’s shooter a tidy six figures.
The funds are expected to be discussed at a court hearing today in Florida, according to his attorney.
Today’s hearing was originally set to discuss issues regarding the unsealing of Zimmerman’s criminal file, but the donations would now seem to preclude that issue.
The attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, meanwhile, says Zimmerman should return to jail because, during a recent bond hearing, he failed to inform a judge that he had $204,000.
“They tried to portray themselves as indigent that they did not have any money,” said Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump. “We think the court should revoke his bond immediately, and he should be held accountable for misleading the court.”
Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Florida, has been given about $204,000 from supporters, says his lawyer Mark O’Mara.
O’Mara stated on CNN’s AC360 that Zimmerman told him of the donations Wednesday as they were trying to shut down his web presence to avoid concerns about possible impersonators.
“He asked me what to do with his PayPal accounts, and I asked him what he was talking about,” O’Mara told Anderson Cooper. “He said those were the accounts that had the money from the website he had. And there was about … $204,000 that had come in to date.”
O’Mara had said earlier this month that he thought George Zimmerman was out of money.
“I think he’s indigent for costs,” he said.
Zimmerman, 28, was released Monday on $150,000 bail, 10 percent of which was put up by his family.
- George Zimmerman’s Crappy Website Raised $200,000 [George Zimmerman] (gawker.com)
- Attorney: Zimmerman Raised $200k In Donations On Website (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Donations pour in to Trayvon Martin’s killer (cnn.com)