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George Zimmerman wants Florida to pay up to $300K in legal expenses

ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s attorney told a newspaper that he plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal expenses.

The Orlando Sentinel said Mark O’Mara told the paper Monday evening that because Zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all of his legal costs.

O’Mara said Monday that he was going to make a motion asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to authorize the payments.

Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted last month of all charges, including second-degree murder, in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year. His murder trial lasted five weeks.

An after-hours email sent to defense attorneys was not immediately answered.

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