April 27th, 2012
01:36 AM ET

Lawyer to tell judge about Zimmerman donation money

The $200,000 that George Zimmerman got from supporters will be discussed at a court hearing Friday morning in Florida, a defense attorney in the case said.

Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been given about $204,000 from supporters his lawyer Mark O'Mara said.

O'Mara told CNN's "AC360" that Zimmerman told him Wednesday of the donations as they were trying to shut down his Internet presence to avoid concerns about possible impersonators and problems with his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

"He asked me what to do with his PayPal accounts and I asked him what he was talking about," O'Mara told Anderson Cooper. "And 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 had said earlier this month that he believed Zimmerman had no money. "I think he's indigent for costs," he said, adding that Zimmerman's relatives had few assets.

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  1. banasy©

    He's a family law lawyer...what is he doing in criminal defense?
    Is this paving the way an appeal, should he be convicted?

    April 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    I think that is only if O'mara is incompetent,uh oh.

    April 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. just wondering

    What inmate do you know has daily access to their PayPal account? Just check the dates of the donations. If they we're given during the time he was locked up, he could not have checked the account, and thus didn't hide it. I really wish the media would stop reporting on every little detail of this case. I've been through the Florida legal system. A typical case takes a year and a half to two years just to go to trial. The only way to give both sides a fair trial is to stop reporting on it every day.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    @ron: thank you for your support. Hangnail survivors unite!!

    April 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tooter

    Major difference in the Dooley shoots white Veteran – Dooley had NO evidence that he was attacked or chocked no marks no blood. The veteran tried to get the gun away from him fearing for his 9 year old daughter and Dooley just shot him. Plain and simple. He was not arrested for 3 weeks and then spent one night in jail was released the following day. Three witnesses stated that Dooley was not attacked.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ♚Mmmmm♛

    judge should up the bond and omara should be held in contempt and fined...his job is not only to represent his client he is an officer of the court and should be held accountable of his inaccuracies

    April 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      omara how can your office deposit $12, 000 into zim's acct and not get a balance??? huuuuuuuh??? you lied about your "oversight"!

      April 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      judge walmart with his reasonable prices art to feel likah foool...lol!

      April 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ron

    @raven: always there for ya, long as the moneys rollin in anyway.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ronvan

    WOW!! If things weren't bad enough. IF "Z" had this money during the bond hearing he should be locked up until trial!
    IF his attorney knew then he should be disbared. And who are the IDIOTS that sent the money?

    April 28, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tooter

      Probably some of the same type of idiots that sent money to the Martin family. Jessie and Al will get most of that. Why don't these two fools take care of their own business?

      April 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    What else could this be except an intentional effort to get a low bond by witholding the information about the paypal acct and donations. The atty needs to be censured and the bond needs to be revoked temporarily until another bond hearing can be held. Typical of the legal chicanery in Florida, however.

    April 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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