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George Zimmerman Responds to Lawsuit by Security Firm

The Orlando Sentinel reports that George Zimmerman has responded to a lawsuit claiming he owes some $27,000 to a company that provided him and his family round-the-clock security for 21 days in June and July of 2012.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, admits to having told the firm, Associated Investigative Services,in August that"both George and the trustee [overseeing his defense fund] are clamping down a lot on the defense fund because it is very low and we have some very large expenses for the case coming up." O'Mara also said that "George does not have any funds presently available to him to attend to any such debt, realizing the enormity of upcoming expenses of the defense and the diminished nature of the defense fund."

Zimmerman has already paid the company $40,000, and denies he owes anything else.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman insists he fired in self-defense.

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