It’s been nearly a year since George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old on his way back to his father’s townhouse. In the weeks following the shooting, the story captured the nation’s attention, culminating with Zimmerman being charged with second-degree murder last April.
But as the story has receded from the headlines, the legal case has
plodded along and the trial is likely to be completed this summer.
Here’s what you may have missed:
1. Zimmerman has spent over $300,000 in donations over the last year and is desperate for more funds to finance his defense.
Zimmerman has “spent more than $125,000″ on living expenses — not
including security — over the last year. His lawyer acknowledged that
“Zimmerman’s personal spending may seem exorbitant.” Zimmerman is
considering asking the court to declare him “indigent, meaning the
public would have to pay for Zimmerman’s defense.” Zimmerman was also
sued by a security company for unpaid bills. [Orlando Sentinel, 1/20/2013; Miami Herald, 12/27/12]