George Zimmerman, the former self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer who is accused of murder in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has raised at least $200,000 through a website set up to fund his defense, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Donors contributed “just over $200,000,” said Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s defense lawyer.
The site set up to solicit funds for Zimmerman’s defense, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, has since been shut down.
Zimmerman was released this week on $150,000 bail and has been moved to an undisclosed location. He had surrendered to police earlier this month after prosecutors charged him with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of Martin in a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he killed Martin in self defense.
The incident has prompted civil rights protests and a national debate over guns, self-defense laws and race in America.
O’Mara told reporters that he would inform the judge in the case of the funds on Friday.