George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old man charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, will sell his signature to raise money for living expenses.
The announcement was posted on his website on Wednesday, detailing how he will prioritize the funds he collects from signing thank you cards.
The Miami Herald reports:
The announcement said Zimmerman’s fund – which has raised about $140,000 in seven months – will now have a new manager of the defendant’s choosing. And it makes clear that the legal defense fund doesn’t actually pay legal fees.
“Priority for the funds will be as it has always been, in this order: to pay for George’s living expenses, to pay for costs associated with the defense, and then – only if funds remain – to pay appropriate legal fees,” the announcement said. “That has always been the priority plan, and we reassert it now. Once the fund is under new management, there will be more affirmative fund-raising efforts.”
Those efforts include a new website and disclosure of how the money has been spent.
The first time that Zimmerman asked for donations toward his legal defense fund, he spent large portions of it to pay off his personal debt and concealed the money from the court. Now he’s back at it!