George Zimmerman's Defense Fund Is Running Low

Defense attorneys say they only have $5,000 left.

Posted: 05/30/2013 09:24 AM EDT

With less than two weeks until his trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, lawyers for George Zimmerman say there is only $5,000 left in his defense fund.

Defense attorneys announced on Zimmerman's website that they're seeking more money for the upcoming trial. They have raised and spent about $400,000 up to this point, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Zimmerman would need $120,000 for "the defense he deserves," and $75,000 for a "fighting chance," his lawyers wrote. Lead attorney Mark O'Mara has been working for free and has been assisted by underpaid staffers and unpaid interns. 

Jury selection is also underway for the trial that begins June 10. Judge Debra Nelson wants six jurors and four alternate jurors selected. Usually in a second-degree murder trial there is only two alternate jurors, but Nelson is building protection around the case, just in case any jurors may have to step down. 


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