Cash From Fund Helps Zimmerman's Living Expenses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Some of the money raised from George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman appears before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. Friday, April 20, 2012, during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla. Lester says Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin. He claims self-defense. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - May 8, 2012 -

Some of the money raised from George Zimmerman's legal defense fund is helping the former neighborhood watch leader pay for his living expenses and security while he awaits trial in hiding for the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman's attorney said on his website that just under $50,000 of the more than $200,000 raised by Zimmerman's now-defunct website is being used for his security and setting up his living arrangements in hiding. Zimmerman has about $15,000 in cash.

The other $150,000 raised by the website has been turned over to independent administrator to manage.

Zimmerman has an arraignment hearing Tuesday. But he already has pleaded not guilty and didn't plan to attend.

His attorney, Mark O'Mara, on Tuesday also asked that Zimmerman's right to a speedy trial be waived.


SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - April 27, 2012 -

An attorney for George Zimmerman says he did not know the neighborhood watch volunteer had raised $200,000 on a website when he asked a judge for bond last week.

Attorney Mark O'Mara said Friday that not disclosing the money was an oversight.

Zimmerman was freed Monday on $150,000 bond, after his family told the judge they would barely be able to come up with the money to bail him out. O'Mara says the family was not trying to be deceptive.

Florida Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester asked to learn more about the money, though O'Mara believes the judge will not change the bond.

Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed.

(AP) ORLANDO, Fla. -

George Zimmerman's attorney said a website created to raise money for his legal defense has raised more than $200,000.

Mark O'Mara said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night that he learned about the money on Wednesday and will inform a judge at a Friday hearing.

Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, was released from jail this week and went into hiding after paying 10 percent of $150,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty and is claiming self-defense.

O'Mara said the bail amount may have been higher if the judge knew Zimmerman had raised $200,000.

The website was no longer functioning as of Tuesday, said James Woods, O'Mara's spokesman, but O'Mara said he'll likely start a new defense fund for Zimmerman.

O'Mara did not immediately return a Thursday evening phone message by The Associated Press.

"It was taken down at Mark's request and he will not have any future online presence unless authorized in advance by Mark," Woods said in an email.

O'Mara has hinted that he will ask Zimmerman to be declared indigent, which would allow taxpayers to pay for his legal bills. Any income from the website would make that process more difficult.

The website was created almost two weeks ago by Zimmerman's family to thank his supporters and to receive donations from anyone who wanted to help with his legal defense.

The 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest spurred protests nationwide and inspired a national debate about racial profiling, equal justice under the law and Florida's self-defense law.

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  • by Me on May 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
    Makes me sick ppl are giving this monster their money.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 02:52 PM
    Ex LEO Location: Everywhere on May 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM OK EVERYBODY. I have talked to the two policemen first on the scene and the paramedics and read the official police and paramedic reports --------------------- He or she provides enough information in their first sentence to prove they are lying. Sure, it seems completely likely that these officers would discuss an ongoing case in the national spotlight with an "ExLEO officer". (sarcasm font)
  • by William Location: San Diego on May 9, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    With all the hoopla that 'Z' is going to court,some backgroung check on 'Z' whether he is a member of the American Fronts or supporter because he fit the profile.The same profile he gave Martin. These terrorists exist here not in the middle east.
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      by NOMNOM on May 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM in reply to William
      You can't be serious. The AF would never accept him because he is non-white.
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      by Justice for Zimmerman on May 9, 2012 at 04:34 PM in reply to William
      I think you are lost.
  • by Liar on May 9, 2012 at 09:22 AM
    Zimmerman is a murdering racist pig.
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      by Justice for Zimmerman on May 9, 2012 at 04:33 PM in reply to Liar
      Self defense..plain and simple. The thug got what he deserved. If not when it happened,it probably would be sometime in his future.
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 08:54 PM in reply to Justice for Zimmerman
        You sound just like one of those people that hide behind them white pillow cases with the holes cut in it. Say what you want to say to a black person face and so you can get slapped in the mouth coward.
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          by Harry Callahan on May 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to
          There is much irony in your comment, coming from someone hiding behind a computor, posting anonymously, calling someone else else a coward.
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          by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM in reply to
          You sound ridiculous. Zimmerman could not see who was wearing a hoodie, it was after 7:09 pm. Twilight on Feb. 26th 2012 was at 6:23 pm which complete by 6:46 pm in Sanford, FL. (US Naval Observatory)The operator had to guide Zimmerman to some description because he was not sure. Only 15% of the people from Peru are European the others are of other ethnic groups and mixes. Zimmerman's mother was from Peru. Zimmerman looks as if he has some racial mixing. The race issue does not work so stop hiding your personal bias behind a keyboard. Grow up.
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          by Anonymous on May 20, 2012 at 08:12 AM in reply to
          So if a person uses his right to free speech and says something you disagree with, your response is to hit them? I think we can see where trayvon got the idea that it was ok to punch someone for daring to call the cops on him.
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      by Anonymous on May 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM in reply to Liar
      And your screen name fits you perfectly.
  • by Ex LEO Location: Everywhere on May 9, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    OK EVERYBODY. I have talked to the two policemen first on the scene and the paramedics and read the official police and paramedic reports. George Zimmerman WAS bleeding profusely from the back of his head and nose. He was cleaned up by the medics prior to being transported to the Sheriffs Office. This will all come out in the trial along with blood and DNA evidence underneath Travons fingernails. George WAS just defending himself from an attacker that was bigger than him regardless from what the media has tried to do to make Travon appear to be a little 12 year old kid. He was a full grown man with many prior arrests. The State has to look good to the black community by having the trial but they know they will not prevail in the end. Good luck George, my donation is on the way.
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      by truth on May 9, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to Ex LEO
      sure pay a muders rent!! he killed a man for walking to his fathers house, if zimmerman had not stepped out of his lane and stopped following Trayvon , we wouldn't be discussing this!!
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 07:55 PM in reply to truth
        The parents of a thug pass the hat at a rally. How much did they collect? And no accounting the funds to the IRS. Go figure. Trayvon, that "man" attacked and beat Zimmerman's head into concrete. So you want to defend a violent thug? What does that say about you?
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        by Rob on May 10, 2012 at 05:08 PM in reply to truth
        Truth... He DID stop following. The non-emergency recorded call PROVES it !!! Listen to the footsteps slowing down & stopping & Zimmerman completely catching his breath and saying they always get away, and that "He ran". He talks then very calmly a fairly long time. Says, "He got away". Is it any wonder he thinks Trayvon might be a little older than he originally thought when he starts to get beaten up by the thug? Doesn't feel like a small child bashing in his head, does it? Listen to that other tape as well. Be honest now... Does the crying out voice pleading for help sound like a little child ??? What do you think the judge or jury is going to think? They are going to play all these tapes for them. Even the prosecutors say under oath they have nothing more than what Zimmerman says. Plus they admit under oath they didn't even try to collect evidence (never asked for Zimmerman's medical report records). Can the Court be serious by letting this case go on? They should dismiss it right now before a judge or jury member gets killed by a mobster or a Trayvon Martin want-ta-be agged on by what Jackson, Crump, and Al Sharpton have already promoted. It's just unblievable that Florida followed their orders. This ladies & gentlemen is not the way the process is supposed to work. We have to get the responsible people in the government down there. We can start by vindicating the Chief of Police. Out with the prosecutors and the City manager. They are only puppets of the racist marchers and protestors.
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      by TheDuke on May 9, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to Ex LEO
      You are delusional, good thing you're an ex-lawless man!
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 02:45 PM in reply to TheDuke
        The "two policemen first on the scene" must have either lied to you or on the police report. It clearly states that Zimmerman received first aid from officers in their car and turned it down from paramedics. Or else, you just made it all up.
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 03:15 PM in reply to TheDuke
        Not a thing you posted establishes who was the aggressor in the altercation. Also, I find it difficult to believe that these officers would be allowed to discuss this case since it is in the national media. You're making this up as you go aren't you?
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          by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 07:57 PM in reply to
          So? The officers' names were not given. People will talk especially eyewitnesses to the Miami media. Sort of blows your little theory out of the water now doesn't it?
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      by Rob on May 11, 2012 at 05:30 PM in reply to Ex LEO
      Ex LEO... I understand the State wants to look good to the black community hy having the trial, but is this constitutional when they know (as you say) that they will not prevail in the end? If they just do it to appease black people, doesn't that make the State a racist agenda? They could have blood on their hands. I was wondering if any people have been murdered already as a result of the arrest? Anybody have any informaton on this? If they truly are just putting on this show to appease the blacks, they need to turn this back around and get it right... Because they are killing people in the process !!! Aside from any that have already died, there is the potential for many more to come. It could make 53 dead with Reginald Denny look like a pentance.
  • by Ashley Location: Havana Fl on May 9, 2012 at 06:12 AM
    Its a shame that this world based on your skin color...if it was a black person he would have been locked up and if it was black on black he would be locked up because the white people want to see all the black people doing bad...shame shame shame
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      by Ex LEO on May 9, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to Ashley
      To; Ashley, The white people DO NOT want to see any people doing bad but they have no choice as the black people ARE involved in 76% of the crimes despite being only 17% of the population. If you choose to stick your head in the sand and not face reality, that is your right.
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        by truth on May 9, 2012 at 01:16 PM in reply to Ex LEO
        WOW i see why you are "Ex LEO"
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          by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 07:59 PM in reply to truth
          @ Truth Whose truth? Yours? The guy stated a fact from his professional experience and you have a problem accepting it or looking it up. Wow we can see you need "some help."
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        by TheDuke on May 9, 2012 at 01:21 PM in reply to Ex LEO
        Again, you are delusional. With so-called officers as yourself, its amazing that blacks don't account for 110% of the crimes. You have so highly skewed data and I am unsure where you're pulling it from...then again I do know where you're pulling it from.
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          by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 06:28 PM in reply to TheDuke
          Try the FBI uniform crimes statistics, or the US Dept. of Justice crime statistics. Their percentages match those quoted by Ex Leo pretty closely.
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      by NOMNOM on May 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM in reply to Ashley
      All you have to do is turn on the tv to see black people doing bad. Is that my fault?
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 03:16 PM in reply to NOMNOM
        Nope, no more that it is that fault of law abiding african american people.
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      by Rob on May 10, 2012 at 04:52 PM in reply to Ashley
      Get real, Ashley... White people pray to God that the Black people all start doing good because then all the problems are going to be solved. Why do you think we let them go 1st the last forty years? But we are starting to get tired of it because they have been regressing. We give them every advantage but they still linger behind. The hispanics have made great strides in only a short time. Lead by example. Be responsible. We WANT you to do good. Don't KID yourself. TRY !!! You can do it !!! Good Luck !!!
  • by bjs Location: tallahassee on May 9, 2012 at 05:55 AM
    Skittles and tea are no defense against a gun and there was only one person in that melee that was armed. Why are people supporting his supposed "right to kill"?
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      by Justice for Zimmerman on May 9, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to bjs
      Get it right.....Self Defense. You might need it someday. Be happy it's available for you.
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        by truth on May 9, 2012 at 01:18 PM in reply to Justice for Zimmerman
        Self defense against a can of tea and a bag of skittles, walking to his fathers house, remmeber that the next time you are in your yard and I see you, because all I have to say is you looked like you did'nt belong, so I shot you!!
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          by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 08:00 PM in reply to truth
          Seen by an eyewitness whose video interview is on Miami media sources that said Trayvon attacked and beat up Zimmerman. What is it about the truth that you cannot accept? Your own personal bias?
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      by Credibility Gap on May 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM in reply to bjs
      BJS, you have a credibility gap. It is your divergence from reality. But I do understand that there are medications out today that can help. You really should seek them out, you are obviously in serious need of them.
  • by Proving my point on May 9, 2012 at 04:56 AM WCTV probably won't post this... but here is proof of the photoshop.
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      by NOMNOM on May 9, 2012 at 06:07 AM in reply to Proving my point
      Thanks for sharing this.
  • by New NRA member on May 9, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    I wish the news media would show the unphotoshopped version of that picture of Trayvon. I really can't stand the bias in the media. I joined the NRA because of this case. I may not own a gun yet, but I'm shopping around.
  • by Al on May 8, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    When are you idiots going to stop calling Trayvon a little boy? He was a grown thug.
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      by truth on May 9, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to Al
      thugs carry guns, who had the gun??
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 06:29 PM in reply to truth
        My 84 year old grandmother is no thug.
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 08:03 PM in reply to truth
        Thugs are defined by those who cause harm and rob. The definition fits Trayvon. Oh, look the word up in most dictionaries do not use the word "gun." Guessing you are too lazy to use a dictionary...
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      by Rob on May 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM in reply to Al
      Al, I'm sorry for calling him a little boy... But it's just too much fun because of how the marchers & democrates put a little boy picture of him on their signs, etc. Just think about it !!! Anybody who would do that is just a cheater or racist. They know it's not the true persona, but they don't care. The truth doesn't mean anything to them. They just want to influence others in a fraudulent way like a little kid on the school yard arguing... like, "Your mama does this or that". It's not based in truth, it's just abuse or a put down (propaganda)... in this case to trick FLORIDA into their wishes to arrest someone. It's like stringing someone up in the old days. But you know that in the end the side that made those signs with the little kid pictures has got to be the loser. When you see it you're going to believe it because it's true. The picture speaks a thousand words because the intent is fake. So who's responsible for the fraud? Crump, Sharpton, Jackson... I haven't heard the president disclaimer his affiliation of the event either... His son would look just like him. It would probably be better for his re-election if he evoluted to distance himself from his previous stance. And Zimmerman's grandpa is black, as well. But he doesn't seem to like the hispanic bloodlines. But he was growing up to become a Thug. And it isn't nice to give us the fingers.
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