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George Zimmerman defense pleads for help making $1M bond, claims to raise 20K in less than a day

George Zimmerman attends a court bond hearing in Sanford, Fla., June 29, 2012.
George Zimmerman attends his second bond hearing in Sanford, Fla., June 29, 2012. CBS

(CBS) Less than a day since George Zimmerman's attorneys posted a plea on their defense website asking for bond money donations for their client, $20,000 has been raised, according to a statement by the accused murderer's legal team.

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Defense attorneys say Zimmerman is struggling to post the $1 million bail granted to him Thursday by a Florida judge.

Zimmerman's legal team says in order to get out of jail Zimmerman will have to pay a bail bond company $100,000 in addition to having collateral totalling $1 million. The website says the Zimmerman family does not have anywhere near the necessary collateral.

The plea for donations on the site,, asks for contributions from those "who feel Mr. Zimmerman was justified in his actions, for those who feel they would do the same if they were in Mr. Zimmerman's shoes, for those that think Mr. Zimmerman has been treated unfairly by the media, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman has been falsely accused as a racist, for those who feel this case is an affront to their constitutional rights."

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the night of Feb. 26, 2012 in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.  The former neighborhood watch volunteer  claims the shooting was self-defense under the state's "stand your ground" law.

His lawyers' website also says that although Zimmerman's Legal Defense Fund raised about $211,000 worth of donations, expenses have so far totaled about $40,000 (not including attorney fees.) The post warns of "significant expenses ahead" for expert witnesses, deposition costs, private security and Zimmerman's living expenses.

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