News: George Zimmerman Received $204k From Online Donations, Prosecutors Seeking Higher Bond

29
Apr

George Zimmerman may not be the most hated man in America – as many would assume. He apparently has the support of some generous donors as he has raised over $200K from his website. 

RadarOnline reports:

George Zimmerman’s lawyer has revealed that the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of killing Trayvon Martin raised $204,000 in donations from his website.

However, the contributions were not disclosed during his bond hearing last week and his lawyer Mark O’Mara says he was only informed about the stash on Wednesday.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda Friday asked Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to raise Zimmerman’s current $150,000 bond in light of the new revelations.

However, the judge delayed his decision because he is unsure if he has the authority to increase the bond and is also worried about the names of the donors being released.

“I’m not going to make a snap decision,” Lester said.

Prosecutors had wanted Zimmerman to stump up $1 million bond, but his family maintained that they did not have that kind of money. They would have had to pay the usual 10% of that amount. Instead they put up $15,000 and he was released on Monday pending his trial for second-degree murder for the February 26 death of the Florida teen.

O’Mara says that he has now put the money into a trust until it can be decided how the funds should be used. There is $150,000 left after Zimmerman spent over $50,000 on living expenses.

“He asked me what to do with his PayPal accounts, and I asked him what he was talking about,” O’Mara told Anderson Cooper on Thursday. “He said those were the accounts that had the money from the website he had. And there was about… $204,000 that had come in to date.”

O’Mara added that it “might have” made a difference to the judge had he known about the sizeable fund.

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