Trayvon Murderer receives thousands of dollar in donations overnight
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda today objected to a delay in George Zimmerman‘s trial, accusing defense attorney Mark O’Mara of spending too much time on media interviews and suggesting that O’Mara may be stalling because he’s out of money.
O’Mara on Tuesday filed paperwork, asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to delay Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, which is currently set for June 10.
The same day, he announced that he and Zimmerman had spent their way through more than $300,000 in donations and desperately needed more.
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That plea generated a quick $5,200 infusion, the defense fund’s website reported today.
De la Rionda today filed his written response to O’Mara’s request for a trial delay: He objects.
O’Mara appears to want the trial pushed back to November, de la Rionda wrote, but deserves no additional time.
The state has done nothing in violation of Florida’s rules of criminal procedures, de la Rionda wrote, and he’s done far more to help O’Mara round up witnesses and evidence than he normally does.
O’Mara is the reason for the delay, de la Rionda wrote. The defense attorney has been slow to schedule depositions and sometimes cancels them at the last minute, de la Rionda said.
O’Mara has made it clear that he wants to investigate witnesses before he deposes them, something that slows the process.
For example, before he deposes her, he plans to review the Twitter and Facebook posts of a young Miami woman who says she was on the phone with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black 17-year-old killed by Zimmerman when they came face to face.
That could mean a delay of several months while O’Mara pushes those two social-networking sites for access to her account information.
The judge will hear both sides present argument for and against a trial delay on Tuesday.
She also must decide what to do about biographies on Trayvon, members of his family and key witnesses that were compiled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They include criminal criminal records.
O’Mara has asked the judge to force the state to hand them over. In paperwork filed with the court, an FDLE attorney says that would be an invasion of privacy.
The defense team’s money problems appear to be less severe than they were earlier this week.
Less than 24 hours after O’Mara’s plea for donations, the cash started flowing again.
According to the legal defense fund website, the site has collected $5,200 from 160 donors.
O’Mara estimated defense needs more than $1 million.
What’s been spent so far, he said, has been managed responsibly.
The fund website quoted one anonymous donor who gave $1 as saying, “I’m sure every dollar helps and I wish I could do more — but I’m struggling to keep a roof over my head.”
Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, after spotting him inside his Sanford gated community Feb. 26. The 29-year-old Neighborhood Watch volunteer is free on $1 million bond.
O’Mara contends the teen assaulted his client, breaking Zimmerman’s nose and was shot in self-defense.
Prosecutors say Zimmerman chased and confronted Trayvon needlessly then killed him.
The case ignited international protests and prompted civil rights rallies.
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