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George Zimmerman to send signed "thank you" cards to donors to new defense fund

According to George Zimmerman's website, the former neighborhood watch leader will begin sending thank you notes to those who donate to his defense fund. www.gzdefensefund.com

According to the website of accused murderer George Zimmerman, he will begin sending "thank you" notes to donors to his defense fund.
www.gzdefensefund.com

(CBS/AP) Apparently running low on cash once again, accused murderer George Zimmerman is offering individually signed "thank you" cards for anyone who donates to his latest defense fund, which his lawyer says is launching next month.

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Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

The former neighborhood watch leader's attorney announced the New George Zimmerman Defense Fund on Wednesday, on Zimmerman's website GZdefensefund.com.

"Priority for the funds will be as it has always been, in this order: to pay for George's living expenses, to pay for costs associated with the defense, and then -- only if funds remain -- to pay appropriate legal fees," the announcement said.

A post on the site says the thank you cards cards are "a statement to his supporters," specifying that the notes would only go to donors "who do not object to receiving one."

To date, Zimmerman's defense fund has raised around $140,000 since it was created last May, according to the website.

Zimmerman claims he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense on the night of Feb. 26, in accordance with Florida's "stand your ground" law.

His trial is scheduled for June.

Complete coverage of the Trayvon Martin case on CBS News

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