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Zimmerman Seeks $300,000 Over Trayvon Trial
George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the murder of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, is to ask Florida to pay up to $300,000 (£195,000) for his legal expenses.
Because Mr Zimmerman was not convicted, state law requires Florida to pay all legal costs - excluding his lawyer fees.
He cannot reclaim fees for lawyers but is entitled to reimbursement of ancillary costs.
Legal costs incurred included fees for expert witnesses, travel expenses, depositions, photocopies and the production of a 3D video shown to jurors in the five-week trial.
Lawyers for Mr Zimmerman are still calculating the exact cost but said it would likely range between $200,000 (£130,000) and $300,000.
State agencies spent an estimated $900,000 (£580,000) on the trial that ended on July 13.
Mr Zimmerman's lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel that he would ask circuit judge Debra Nelson to authorise the payments.
Mark O'Mara said a motion "is in the works".
Mr Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted of all charges including second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February last year.
The neighbourhood watch guard's high-profile murder trial lasted five weeks and drew international attention after the killing of the unarmed teen.
It also sparked intense debate and protest in the US over racial tension and the justice system.
Trayvon emerged as a recurring symbol at protests of continued unequal treatment of blacks and other minorities and images of the teenager were displayed on T-shirts, posters, signs and buttons.
The move for legal fee reimbursement comes just days after Trayvon's mother was among the speakers at Saturday's events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
At the gathering in Washington DC supporters called for a repeal of the controversial Florida 'stand your ground' law that they say allowed Mr Zimmerman to walk free.
Meanwhile, the head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced petitions would be handed in calling for Mr Zimmerman to be charged for violating Trayvon's civil rights.
NAACP president Ben Jealous said his organisation had collected petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Justice to pursue charges against Mr Zimmerman.
Mr Jealous said about a million of the signatures collected were sent by mobile phone, and many were from young people.