George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and who is now out on bail, had a website that raised $200,000 for his defence fund. His lawyer, Mark O'Mara, made that revelation Thursday night.
Zimmerman was released last Sunday, April 22 after posting $150,000 bail, but he was required to pay only 10 percent of that. O'Mara told CNN's Anderson Cooper Thursday that he will tell Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. about the money as, given his client's donation windfall, Lester Jr. may ask for more of the bail to be paid. The website Zimmerman set up, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, through which funds were raised using PayPal, is now closed but his lawyer said there will be other fund-raising efforts.
George Zimmerman claims self-defense
The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer said that he pulled out his gun and shot Martin in a struggle because he feared for his life. He claims that since the story became known nationally he and family members have been threatened and so he was given permission by the judge to leave the jurisdiction where the shooting took place. His whereabouts are not publicly known.
He has been charged with second-degree murder in a case that has polarized America, with some feeling Zimmerman shot Martin, a young black male, due to racist reasons. When he was released Zimmerman, who is part Hispanic and part white, was wearing a court-ordered GPS tracking device.