Lawyers for George Zimmerman plan to file a motion to recover up to $300,000 in legal fees sustained during Zimmerman’s trial involving the death of Trayvon Martin, according to a statement on Tuesday by Zimmerman’s lead attorney George O’Mara.
Florida law states a defendant can recuperate expenses if he or she is acquitted. Zimmerman claimed self-defense during his trial in July. He shot the unarmed Martin to death in February 2012 in Sanford but was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
The case created a nationwide firestorm of emotion and discussion and sparked intense debate over Florida’s “stand your ground law.”
Zimmerman's request was first reported by The Orlando Sentinel. O'Mara told the Sentinel that he expects the Judicial Administrative Commission to hinder his client’s attempts to reclaim funds.
"That's where the fight is," stated O'Mara of the commission.
Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for Zimmerman's legal team commented on the amount that Zimmerman is seeking to regain.
"That is a ballpark estimate," Vincent said. "It will be a few weeks before everything is all together and we're in a position to file that motion."
The total amount of close to $300,000 includes expenses related to the hiring of courtroom experts, court reporter fees for witness depositions and various travel expenses.
According to the Sentinel, taxpayers have already paid an estimated $902,000 for Zimmerman’s trial.