by Yvette Carnell
George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, says that since his client’s bond was raised to $1,000,000, his client has raised an additional $36,000 in donations. Zimmerman’s defense fund already had $211,000 in a fund before the surge in donations, so these new funds are just an added bonus.
The money comes after Mark O’Mara made an emotional plea to Zimmerman’s “supporters” to give more money:
For those who have given in the past, for those who have thought about giving, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman was justified in his actions, for those who feel they would do the same if they were in Mr. Zimmerman’s shoes, for those that think Mr. Zimmerman has been treated unfairly by the media, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman has been falsely accused as a racist, for those who feel this case is an affront to their constitutional rights–now is the time to show your support.
That got Zimmerman $20,000 in one day, and now it’s up to $36,000.
In a recent blog post, O’Mara gloated about the money, and said that his client is in a “safe house” in Seminole county. O’Mara says that now that Zimmerman has been released from jail, he can aid in his own defense.
Zimmerman is facing second degree murder charges for fatally wounding unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. He says he was acting in self-defense, but his assertion caused an outcry from the public because he had stalked Martin prior to fatally shooting him.