In an effort to bolster his dwindling legal defense fund, Trayvon Martin's accused shooter George Zimmerman will begin sending donors signed thank you cards.
Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, unarmed black teenager, made the announcement on his legal defense fund's website GZDefenseFund.com
"The New George Zimmerman Defense Fund, at George's request, will begin sending Thank You Cards to people who have contributed to the Defense Fund. Each card will be personally signed by George," read the announcement. Donors to the fund will remain confidential.
"Thank you for your support," the card reads, and is signed, "your friend, George Zimmerman."
A large market exists for the signatures of people involved in a high profile trials. The signatures of notorious criminals like Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy can be valuable, Greg Albach of SignHereAutographs told ABC News.
The signed thank you notes from Zimmerman, who has not been convicted of any crime and insists he is innocent, won't rise to that level, he said.
"It's pretty tacky," said Albach. "You could probably get maybe 10 to 25 bucks for it."
Zimmerman has raised more than $200,000 from those who believe he was justified in shooting the teenager during what Zimmerman claims was a struggle for his gun, with $140,000 of that transferred to the independently-managed George Zimmerman Defense Fund.
Records revealed that Zimmerman burned through nearly $36,000 of the initial donations in 18 days on personal credit cards and telecommunications contracts.
Zimmerman previously had his bond revoked and was ordered back to jail for 30 days after misleading authorities about the amount of money he had raised.
According to GZDefenseFund.com, the current balance has slipped below $15,000 and additional donations are being solicited.
The website announcement states that new funds will be used to "support George's living expenses and legal costs" and will be overseen by a manager of Zimmerman's choosing.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, arguing he shot Martin in self defense and that his actions were justified under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. He is currently living in hiding with his wife Shellie, 25, in Seminole County. A trial is set for June 10.
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