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Debate over who should pay for Zimmerman's defense

George Zimmerman in court
Posted at 5:47 PM, Aug 28, 2013
and last updated 2014-01-22 16:19:44-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) -- The George Zimmerman murder trial may be over, but another legal battle could be on the way.

At the center of the issue: just who should pay the former defendant's legal fees?

The State of Florida could be on the hook for $200,000 to $300,000. That does not include what Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, is owed.

"Let's not forget, I would like to get paid," O'Mara said. "I'm not getting paid for any of this cost money but i hope there was some money available in the future to take care of wall the what? What are we at? 2 million dollars this case has cost?"

O'Mara says the money for costs incurred to defend his client should be paid.

"We're still tallying up the figures but it's going to be about 2 or 3-

hundred thousand dollars in cost money," O'Mara said. "A lot of that's for experts you know we had a lot of experts on the voice issues and of course other experts in the trial."


O'Mara says there are case law limits on how much can be reimbursed. As for that legal fund?

"I think it's unfair that the state by over charging a case that the could not prove in trial gets to cost either Mr. Zimmerman or me or the donors a whole bunch of money and they're not responsible for it," O'Mara said.

Meanwhile, Zimmerman's wife pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Perjury on August 28.

Shellie Zimmerman will be placed on probation for one year. She will also be required to file a letter of apology to the judge.

It's alleged that she lied when she told a judge during a bail hearing that the family was poor.

Prosecutors believe that the family had about $135,000 at the time.