Attorney: Zimmerman had $200K from web donations

On Feb. 26, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as he was walking back from a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman claimed he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense and was released by the police shortly after the incident. The shooting set off a nationwide debate over race and justice. And on April 11, Zimmerman turned himself in after being charged with second-degree murder. On April 20, he was granted a $150,000 bond and left jail around midnight April 23. George Zimmerman appears before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla., on April 20. AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool, File

Updated at 7:52 a.m. ET

(AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - George Zimmerman's attorney said a website created to raise money for his legal defense has raised more than $200,000.

Mark O'Mara said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night that he learned about the money on Wednesday and will inform a judge at a Friday hearing.

Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, was released from jail this week and went into hiding after paying 10 percent of $150,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty and is claiming self-defense.

O'Mara said the bail amount may have been higher if the judge knew Zimmerman had raised $200,000.

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The website www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com was no longer functioning as of Tuesday, said James Woods, O'Mara's spokesman, but O'Mara said he'll likely start a new defense fund for Zimmerman.

O'Mara did not immediately return a Thursday evening phone message by The Associated Press.

"It was taken down at Mark's request and he will not have any future online presence unless authorized in advance by Mark," Woods said in an email.

O'Mara has hinted that he will ask Zimmerman to be declared indigent, which would allow taxpayers to pay for his legal bills. Any income from the website would make that process more difficult.

The website was created almost two weeks ago by Zimmerman's family to thank his supporters and to receive donations from anyone who wanted to help with his legal defense.

The 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest spurred protests nationwide and inspired a national debate about racial profiling, equal justice under the law and Florida's self-defense law.

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