George Zimmerman Takes To The Internet To Raise Money For Legal Costs

Source: Lisa Lampkin and M. Alex Johnson / MSNBC

George Zimmerman, the Florida man who claims he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense, has set up a personal website to collect money for his legal expenses, his attorneys told NBC News on Monday.

Several sites purporting to raise money for Zimmerman, 28, have popped up since he shot Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., but “I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites,” Zimmerman writes on

Attorneys confirmed to NBC News that the site, which domain records show was created Sunday, is real and is operated by Zimmerman himself. It solicits donations through PayPal with a promise that “any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment.”

Access to the site was hit or miss as it appeared to be having trouble handling a heavy stream of visitors after’s initial report Monday afternoon. It wasn’t known whether any of those visitors had used the provided link to make a donation.

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