George Zimmerman Will Ask Florida to Cover At Least $200,000 of His Legal Costs

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 26, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

George Zimmerman will ask the state of Florida to reimburse him and his legal team at least $200,000 of his legal expenses from his trial, his attorney said on Monday.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the trial, which he faced because he killed unarmed youth Trayvon Martin last year. Zimmerman said the fatal shooting was in self-defense.

One of Zimmerman’s attorneys, Mark O’Mara, told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday night that Zimmerman plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 to $300,000 of legal expenses. State law requires Florida pays all of his costs, because he was acquitted, except for the fee that goes to his lawyers.

Costs include: expert witnesses, travel, photocopies, and video. 

O’Mara said the legal team is still collecting numbers, which is why the final number isn’t nailed down yet.

Zimmerman, 29, was found not guilty in mid-July.

O’Mara hasn’t been paid anything by Zimmerman, who lived for months without a job and in hiding before his trial. O’Mara charges at a rate of $400 an hour and says he worked on the case for somewhere around 40 hours a week for 16 months.

Also, his co-counsel Don West bills $350 an hour, and there was also his partner Lorna Truett.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.