Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman is at it again. On his website he is asking the public to send him more money to fight his prosecution for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. In court, his lawyers are asking the judge to delay the trial for several more months to give them sufficient time to prepare his defense.
Zimmerman’s fundraising efforts through his website brought him a barrage of criticism last year, when many accused him of trying to profit financially from killing the teenager last February in Sanford, Fla.
Zimmerman and his wife Shellie also got in legal trouble after he claimed he was without funds in a bail hearing, and prosecutors uncovered evidence that they were hiding the money he was receiving from public donations.
Prosecutors alleged that Shellie Zimmerman lied when she told a judge that they were broke before her husband was granted bail in April. Recordings showed that from his jail cell, Zimmerman gave his wife step-by-step instructions on how to change a password and clear security questions so she could move money. He also gave her orders to withdraw specific amounts and directed her to pay bills. As a result, prosecutors charged Shellie Zimmerman with perjury.
Last month, a security company, Associated Investigative Services, filed suit against Zimmerman, his wife and his attorney, Mark O’Mara, accusing them of failing to pay $27,000 for protection services.
In November, Zimmerman began selling his autograph in an effort to raise money. At the time, he had raised more than $200,000 from those who believe he was justified in shooting Martin during what Zimmerman claims was a struggle for his gun.
Read the full story by Nick Chiles at Atlantablackstar.com