George Zimmerman, by now one of the most well-known neighborhood watchmen since Batman, and certainly the most controversial, apparently believes an arrest is imminent in the case of his well-publicized shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin. Or at least, he's preparing for the eventuality, since a website recently surfaced - started by Zimmerman himself - which asks for donations to help pay for legal fees associated with the case. The front page of the website contains a short, three-paragraph plea copied below:
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.
It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my “Defense Fund” or "Legal Fund". I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.
I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.
Zimmerman's lawyer has confirmed that the website is genuine.