George Zimmerman solicits donations to pay lawyers in Trayvon Martin case

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By Michael Winter, USA TODAY

The man who claims he killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense is soliciting PayPal donations on a website he created to pay his legal bills, NBC reports.

George Zimmerman created the site -- therealgeorgezimmerman.com -- on Sunday and is running it, his lawyers confirmed. Other money-raising sites have emerged since Zimmerman killed Trayvon in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, but he said he "cannot attest to the validity" of them.

Here's the statement he posted:

I am the real George Zimmerman,
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.

It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my "Defense Fund" or "Legal Fund". I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.

I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.

Sincerely,
George Zimmerman

Beneath his signature and the PayPal and credit cards logo he concludes with this quote from 18th-century Irish/British political philosopher Edmund Burke:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing.

Zimmerman has also posted links to "The Facts" and "My Race," and includes a photo album and how to contact him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier Monday, the special prosecutor investigating the killing announced that she would not present the case to a grand jury.

USA TODAY

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