George Zimmerman's Defense Fund Is Running Low

SANFORD, FL - APRIL 30:  George Zimmerman (C), defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, stands in Seminole circuit court with his attorney Mark O'Mara (R) for a pre-trial hearing April 30, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Lawyers on both sides of the Trayvon Martin murder trial are jockeying for position as the trail is expected to start June 10. The defense seeks to add witnesses, but declines to identify them as the prosecution accuses them of grandstanding.  (Photo by Joe Burbank - Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman's Defense Fund Is Running Low

George Zimmerman's defense fund is running low and his attorneys are seeking more money for the upcoming June trial.

Published May 30, 2013

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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Written by Natelege Whaley


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