Mark O’Mara, the Irish American defense attorney for George Zimmerman, has made another appeal for people to continue donating funds to their defense efforts.
The Associated Press reports that O’Mara posted to his team’s fundraising site, GZDefenseFund.com, asking people to donate more money on Thursday.
Additionally, a spokesperson said that O’Mara is looking to delay the trial from June to November citing that prosecutors have been slow to hand over evidence.
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, has so far pled not guilty to second degree murder charges of 17-year-old unarmed African American Trayvon Martin in Florida in February of last year.
As of January 2, donations had amounted to $314,099.17, but O’Mara is now estimating the costs could run up to $1 million.
"The state has virtually unlimited resources to prosecute George," O'Mara said on Zimmerman's defense fund website. "To finance his defense, however, George relies on the generosity of individuals who believe he is innocent."
Of the initial money that was raised, $95,000 was spent on bail, almost $62,000 was spent on Zimmerman's living expenses during the past eight months and $56,100 was spent on security, as the suspect has faced threats to his life after gunning down the 17-year-old boy.
According to the AP, Zimmerman’s living expenses were so high due to the fact that both he and his wife, who are unemployed, were forced to live in extended stay hotels until they could find a place to rent in Seminole County in Florida as dictated by bail conditions.
O’Mara is now appealing to the public for a donation goal of $30,000 a month to support Zimmerman’s legal fees, which would not include his attorney fee.
O’Mara is also looking to delay the trial until November as he claims prosecutors have been slow to turn over evidence. For example, O’Mara said that someone from the State Attorney’s Office had removed Trayvon Martin’s cell phone from an evidence locker and had it sent to California for analysis, but the state has refused to provide O’Mara with any information in regards to the agency and or type of tests being conducted.
O’Mara also said prosecutors had made it difficult to get answer to administrative questions from a chief investigative
Currently, a pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Zimmerman for April in which the defendant will argue he was acting in self-defense. The presiding judge said that the hearing will take place at least 45 days before the trial.
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