George Zimmerman Legal Team Asks Public for Cash

With less than two-weeks before jury selection begins for the murder case, Zimmerman's lawyers have turned to the internet for donations to help fund his defense.

By Jorge Rivas May 30, 2013

George Zimmerman is set to go on trial to face charges for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin next month but he’s out of money and has turned to his website to raise funds. 

Zimmerman’s attorneys posted on their website Wednesday that his defense fund had less than $5,000 left. The fund had almost $315,000 in January.

"We’ve calculated that we need another $120,000 to give George the defense he deserves," the lawyers wrote  "At the barest minimum, we need $75,000 to give George a fighting chance.

"Had we declared indigency, George’s defense would end up costing Florida taxpayers more than $1,000,000. As it stands now, with a little extra support, we’re going to get through trial for less than half that figure, and we’ll have done it, not with taxpayer funds, but with the money generously donated by people from across the country who believe George is innocent and that he is being wrongly prosecuted," the post says.

According to the website, neither of the lawyers, Mark O’Mara and Don West, have been paid for their services.

On Thursday morning Zimmerman’s website announced they had raised $12,000 on the first day of the latest fundraising campaign.