George Zimmerman, who was recently found not guilty in the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin, is requesting that the state of Florida cover his legal bills.
According to a spokesman for Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, the former defendant seeks to recoup $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal fees. “That is a ballpark estimate,” the spokesman said. “It will be a few weeks before everything is all together and we’re in a position to file that motion.”
A Florida statute allows acquitted defendants to petition the state for repayment of legal costs, which in Zimmerman’s case include everything from retaining expert witnesses to travel and document fees. However, the statute does not permit compensation for attorney fees. O’Mara’s tab alone is estimated at over $1 million, and his spokesman said he doesn’t believe Zimmerman has paid any of it.
Zimmerman raised several hundred thousand dollars through a defense fund during the trial.
Zimmerman has been quite active since the conclusion of his trial, assisting a family in a car accident, getting pulled over for speeding in Texas, and touring the gun factory that made the weapon that shot Martin.
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