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George Zimmerman gets $250,000 for gun

Posted: 1:37 PM, May 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-20 22:27:40Z

George Zimmerman received a higher bid for the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin that was previously reported. Zimmerman told a staff member of Las Vegas's KTNV that the bid he is accepting is $250,000. This is a developing story and more details will follow.

An earlier bid of $150,000 from a bar owner in Daytona Beach fell through according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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TMZ had reported that George Zimmerman has sold the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin for $120,000.

The outlet says seven bidders participated in the process and that the winner is anonymous per the site’s rules. The sale is pending verification of the winner’s funds.

Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in Florida in February of 2012. Martin was unarmed at the time, carrying only a bag of candy and an iced tea. Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013, sparking outrage across the country.

Zimmerman tried to sell the pistol used in the shooting last week on GunBroker.com. The site later took down the posting, saying it wanted “no part in the listing on our website or in any of the publicity it is receiving.” He also put the gun up for sale on United Gun Group, but spam accounts quickly drove up the bidding to north of $65 million.

Zimmerman has also said that he will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale to groups that oppose the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as groups opposing Hillary Clinton.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.