ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — The website that a U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer set up to help raise money for his legal defense in the shooting of an unarmed black teen has been disabled.
The website http://www.therealgeorgezimmerman was no longer functioning as of Tuesday.
It was created almost two weeks ago by George Zimmerman’s family to receive donations in the sensitive case.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February. He has pleaded not guilty and is claiming self-defense.
A call to Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, wasn’t immediately returned on Wednesday.
O’Mara has hinted that he will ask Zimmerman to be declared indigent. That would allow taxpayers to pay for his legal bills.
Any income from the website would make that process more difficult.
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