Zimmerman Will Ask State to Pay some Bills

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

George Zimmerman

FILE - George Zimmerman, right, and attorney Don West, stand as the judge enters the courtroom in Seminole circuit court for a pretrial hearing, in Sanford, Fla., in this Saturday, June 8, 2013 file photo. Jury selection begins Monday June 10, 2013 in the second-degree murder trial, which is expected to last about six weeks. Martin's killing drew worldwide attention as it sparked a national debate about race, equal justice under the law and gun control. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- George Zimmerman's attorney is going to ask the state of Florida to pay for some of his client's non-lawyer legal bills.

A spokesman for attorney Mark O'Mara confirmed Tuesday that the lawyer plans to ask the state of Florida to pick up the bill for as much as $300,000 in expenses.

State law allows defendants to get their legal expenses reimbursed by the state if they are acquitted.

Zimmerman was acquitted last month of any crime for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The acquittal touched off protests nationwide.

Some of the costs that could be reimbursed include expert witnesses, depositions and an animated video depicting Zimmerman's account of what happened during his fight with Martin last year.


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