Lawyer: Zimmerman Supporters Donated $200K

Judge didn't know about defense fund when he set bail
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2012 4:02 AM CDT
Lawyer: Zimmerman Supporters Donated $200K
Mark O'Mara, attorney for George Zimmerman, answers questions from reporters after speaking with his client at the Seminole County Jail last weekend.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

(Newser) – Looks like nationwide notoriety isn't all bad news for George Zimmerman. More than $200,000 was donated to a website created to raise money for his defense, according to his lawyer. Attorney Mark O'Mara says Zimmerman only told him about the website on Wednesday as they were working to shut down his Internet presence out of concern about impersonators. The defense fund website has been shut down for now, but O'Mara says he plans to open a new fund, and that there are hundreds of people who want to donate, reports CNN.

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Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bail early this week, and O'Mara admits that the amount may have been higher if the judge had known about the legal fund. "I'm certainly going to disclose it to the court tomorrow—coincidentally, we have a hearing," he said yesterday. He predicts that the cost of defending Zimmerman could top $1 million. "You can really go through a lot of money on a case like this, with the intensity of it," he says. (Read more George Zimmerman stories.)

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