Mark O’Mara and Defense attorney Mark O’Mara
George Zimmerman has released a new website asking for donations to pay for his legal fund.
Zimmerman cites growing legal fees and high expenses in his request for donations.
“I started a defense fund to help pay my living expenses, to help with legal expenses, and help with security expenses as needed,” he wrote. “I have had no other means of generating income for five months let alone pay the enormous expenses surrounding this case.”
Mark O’Mara, defense attorney for Zimmerman, said his hourly salary is $400 per hour.
“Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this case, we have now realized that it is much larger than we ever thought regarding its extent and cost,” he said. “We have been in hiding in temporary housing, and our security needs have been extremely high. The fund has been devastated by the need to pay $100,000 to a bondsman and almost $50,000 in security expenses.”
“The skyrocketing legal costs have gone unpaid,” Zimmerman wrote. “The defense fund is at its lowest point since its inception; in fact, with outstanding expenses yet unpaid, the fund is near depletion.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense after alleging the 17-year-old Martin attacked him.
Zimmerman appeared in a television interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News where he said it was “God’s Plan” for him to kill Martin. Martin’s parents rebuked Zimmerman’s statement.
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