$91,000 added to Zimmerman trial tab

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The George Zimmerman trial cost Seminole County government $91,000.

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) -- The George Zimmerman trial cost Seminole County government $91,000.

County officials said Friday that amount was spent on safety, public information, planning and operations.

The $91,000 is on top of the $320,000 that the Seminole County Sheriff's Office spent on overtime and equipment costs for the trial. About $33,000 of that amount was allotted for sequestering jurors during the three week trial.

Zimmerman was acquitted last month of fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He claimed he shot the Miami teen last year in self-defense.

The acquittal has inspired protests nationwide and calls for a boycott of Florida until the state changes its self-defense law.

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