George Zimmerman, 28, has officially launched a website asking supporters for help with his legal defense fund and warns them that any money collected so far has not been handed over to him nor his family, reports CNN.
“I am the real George Zimmerman,” is boldly emblazoned on the website, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, and for the first time, the neighborhood watch captain speaks to the public about the night he shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Florida:
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. I am grateful to my friends that have come to my aid, whether publicly or personally, never questioning my integrity or actions, understanding that I cannot discuss the details of the event on February 26th, and allowing law enforcement to proceed with their investigation unhindered. Once again, I thank you for your patience and I assure you, the facts will come to light.”
Attorney Benjamin Crump, legal council for Trayvon’s family, believes that it is egregious that Zimmerman is allowed to walk free and solicit money while Trayvon is dead and his reputation is placed in trial:
If the situation was reversed, Trayvon Martin would have been arrested day one, hour one,” Benjamin Crump told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Monday night. “We believe Zimmerman should have been arrested and put into jail. This situation with this website is a luxury that Trayvon Martin doesn’t have and never would have had.”
It was decided on Monday that the case will not go before the grand jury, a development that has sparked mixed reactions throughout a nation emotionally vested in this case. Prosecutor Angela Corey said her decision had no bearing on whether she would file charges against George Zimmerman — though it does effectively rule out a 1st degree murder charge.
As the wheels of justice continue to turn excruciatingly slow in this case, the world watches to ensure that fairness and transparency are at the forefront. Two things that, to date, have been misplaced by the Sanford Police Department and the District Attorney’s office.
Time will tell exactly what this development means and if it helps or hinders justice for Trayvon.