ORLANDO, Florida — George Zimmerman’s website seeking money for his legal defense may have been shut down, but apparently not before pulling in quite a haul for the high-profile Florida murder defendant.
The attorney for Zimmerman, charged in the February shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, says in a TV interview Thursday that his client’s website has raised more than $200,000.
Mark O’Mara, speaking to CNN, said he learned about the money on Wednesday and will inform a judge at a Friday hearing.
Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, though he has claimed he shot Martin in self-defense, invoking the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The incident sparked a national debate as to whether the shooting was an act of racial profiling by Zimmerman, who has white and Hispanic ancestry. Martin was black.
Zimmerman was released from jail this week after paying 10 percent of $150,000 bail.