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Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's parents, launch website for "emotional and financial" support

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George Zimmerman, left, appears before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr. on Friday, June 29, 2012 AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank

(CBS) ORLANDO, Fla. - The parents of George Zimmerman, the man charged with murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, have launched a website in an effort to raise money, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

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Robert and Gladys Zimmerman have created robertandgladys.com, a website that allows users to write them words of support and contribute financially to their "greatly increased living expenses."

On the site, Robert Zimmerman wrote, "Nothing can ever return us to the family we were just a few short months ago. What Gladys and I have planned and worked for our entire life now will never be."

The site, which Zimmerman writes was set up to allow people to contribute "emotional and financial support," has a long section called "George's formative years," where Zimmerman writes about his son, who he says has been "portrayed savagely in the media." The background of the site is an American flag.

"Life as we had known it ended on February 26, 2012," the site proclaims. Feb. 26 is the day that George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense. He was not arrested for 44 days because police said there was not enough evidence in the case. The lack of an arrest prompted protests and marches in Sanford and across the country.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed a special prosecutor in the case, and George Zimmerman was later arrested on second-degree murder charges.

He has since twice bonded out of jail, most recently on a $1 million bond and is now living in a safe house in Seminole County.

George Zimmerman has requested that the judge in his case, Kenneth Lester, step down, and a ruling is expected soon.

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