The legal team for George Zimmerman said on Friday their client received “warm support” during the first day back of taking donations for his defense in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
While the team didn’t disclose how much was donated to Zimmerman from late Thursday until Friday afternoon, a posting on their website said he received donations ranging from $1 to $500, with the average donation being about $20.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the case that has drawn international attention. He is accused of confronting and killing the teen, who he said looked suspicious. He later said he killed Martin in self-defense.
Using a crudely built website and a PayPal account, Zimmerman managed to raise $200,000 on his own before hiring his current lawyers. After having Zimmerman shut down his own website last week, the attorneys announced they were setting up a new site to provide updates on the case as well as take donations for his defense.
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