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(Reuters) – George Zimmerman, the former neighbourhood watch volunteer who is accused of murder in

the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has raised at least $200,000 (123,563.57 pounds) through a website set up to

fund his defence, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George 

Zimmerman (L) leaves the Seminole County Jail after posting bail in Sanford, Florida, April 22, 2012. REUTERS/David Manning

Donors contributed “just over $200,000,” said Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s

defence lawyer.

The site set up to solicit funds for Zimmerman’s defence, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, has since been

shut down.

Zimmerman was released this week on $150,000 bail and has been moved to an undisclosed location. He had

surrendered to police earlier this month after prosecutors charged him with second-degree murder in the February shooting

death of Martin in a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says

he killed Martin in self defence.

The incident has prompted civil rights protests and a national debate over guns,

self-defence laws and race in America.

O’Mara told CNN that he would inform the judge in the case of the funds on


(Reporting By Chris Francescani; writing by Dan Burns; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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