ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

clear-day
55°
Clear
H 64° L 45°
  • clear-day
    55°
    Current Conditions
    Clear. H 64° L 45°
  • clear-night
    54°
    Evening
    Clear. H 64° L 45°
  • clear-night
    46°
    Morning
    Clear. H 73° L 41°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest newscast

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

Trayvon Martin's parents want money from fund

ORLANDO, Fla. — Trayvon Martin's mother has asked for an undisclosed amount of money from a state fund set up to help crime victims with things like funeral expenses and counseling, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The documents, obtained through a public records request, show Sybrina Fulton applied for the compensation benefits after her son was fatally shot last February by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. It was not immediately clear how Martin's family would use the money.

The state Attorney General's Office, which administers the Crimes Compensation Trust Fund, refused to disclose the sum sought by Fulton and her former husband, Tracy Martin. Payouts can reach $30,000.

Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and says he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law. The law allows people to use deadly force, rather than retreat, if they believe their lives are in danger. He is free on $1 million bond as he awaits trial. Zimmerman wasn't charged until 44 days after Martin's death, and in those weeks protesters accused the Sanford police department of being racist and botching the investigation.

In a March 29 letter, a claims analyst with the Attorney General's Office notified Fulton that she had been deemed eligible for the compensation benefits. However, no check had been issued to Martin's parents as of early August.

Notes taken by a victims' advocate who works for the State Attorney's Office in Sanford show that Tracy Martin had a life insurance policy through his employer that paid for most of the expenses incurred from Trayvon Martin's death. Despite that, Tracy Martin still had out-of-pocket expenses of $1,300, according to the notes in the records obtained by the AP.

The Attorney General's Office paid out more than $25 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year to more than 16,000 compensation claims.

Money for the fund comes from court fees assessed on offenders, as well as other sources. Applicants can be reimbursed for lost wages, funeral expenses, medical expenses and mental health counseling.

Fulton's friend filed the initial application on her behalf as a favor, but Fulton hasn't had time to fill out the paperwork needed to process the claim, said Ben Crump, an attorney for Martin's parents. She didn't want to disclose how much she was applying for and what expenses the money would cover, Crump said.

"She has a big stack of papers at her house," Crump said. "I'm going to encourage her to fill it out."

A hearing on the scheduling of Zimmerman's trial is set for later this week.

 

Copyright 2012 Associated Press

 

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • A young Idaho father was killed Friday night when he crashed his car on the way home from buying his 3-year-old daughter’s Christmas presents, police and family said. Idaho State Police officials reported that Andrew P. Blum, 29, of Spokane, Washington, was driving a maroon 2002 Mazda Tribute near Priest River when he lost control of the car in a curve. The car flipped in a ditch and, according to KHQ-TV in Spokane, burst into flames. Neither Blum nor his sole passenger, older brother Jerod M. Paulus, were wearing their seatbelts, investigators said. Blum died at Bonner General Hospital, where Paulus, 32, was recovering from his injuries.  Loved ones told KHQ that Blum’s life revolved around his daughter, Emma. “He was a very good dad,” Sadie Brown, the girl’s mother, told the news station. “He loved Emma with everything he had.” Brown said that, although they were no longer a couple, she and Blum spoke daily. She last spoke to him about 30 minutes before the crash, when he told her he was shopping for their little girl. >> Read more trending news The gifts he bought her were burned in the crash, but Brown said the loss of her father is all Emma cares about. “She keeps saying, ‘Let me call my dad. I want to see my dad,’” Brown said.  A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Blum’s family pay for his funeral.  Priest River is in North Idaho, about 45 miles north of Coeur d’Alene and 55 miles northeast of Spokane. 
  • Police in Palm Bay need your help locating a Peeping Tom. The man in question was reported using a cell phone to record two children inside a stall in the women’s restroom in a Walgreens Pharmacy Saturday night.  Investigators say the man recorded the children through an opening on the stall door. The children reported the incident to a store employee who confronted the man inside the restroom.   By the time police arrived at the store at 5245 Babcock Street, the man had fled the scene. The suspect is described as a tall, thin black male with an afro-style haircut.  He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, red shorts and black shoes. If you recognize the man in the surveillance image above, you’re asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.   You can also submit a tip anonymously by going to CRIMELINE.ORG.
  • Four people were injured Monday morning when an explosive device went off in an underground passageway near Times Square, New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. Among those injured was a man suspected of strapping the device to himself and carrying it toward Times Square. >> Read more trending news >> Related: New York explosion: Suspect, 3 others injured in 'terror-related' attack New York Police Commissioner James O’Neil identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, 27.
  • A 34-year-old man was arrested Sunday in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man, the Orlando Police Department said. Police said Knoldie Robinson was charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 3 shooting death of Alexus Clarke on Danzig Court, near Raleigh Street and South Ivey Lane. Read: 3 men sought after 1 killed in Orlando triple shooting ARRESTED: Knoldie Robinson, on charges of First Degree Murder with a Firearm for the 12/3/2017 shooting that killed 18-year-old Alexus Clarke and injured two others on Danzig Court. pic.twitter.com/vbzmMQyLIo — Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) December 11, 2017 Photos: Triple Shooting on Danzig Court in Orlando Two others were injured in the shooting, investigators said. No other details were given. Watch: Triple shooting on Danzig Court in Orlando
  • Kerry Spencer has an annual Christmas tradition that brings a smile to the faces of her family members, and this year, the public is getting in on the laughs. Spencer, of Parkton, Maryland, every year shares a photo of her son, Samuel, sitting on Santa’s lap at a mall in Provo, Utah. What’s unique about Samuel’s visit with Santa 12 years ago is that he wasn’t crying, and he wasn’t telling the big guy what he wanted for Christmas. “We taught our baby sign language,” Spencer wrote in a Dec. 5 Twitter post. “This is the sign for ‘help.’ You’re welcome.” In the photo, a very authentic-looking Santa smiles for the camera while a solemn-looking, 1-year-old Samuel averts his eyes. His chubby little toddler hands are making the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for “help,” or as close to it as he can get. Mashable reported that Spencer, whose Facebook profile states that she is a faculty member at Stevenson University, taught both of her children ASL. “We taught both our kids baby sign (language) because they can sign before they talk and it is so very useful to be able to communicate with your baby,” Spencer said.  Spencer said she shares the photo each year on Facebook, but this year, her friend, author Mette Harrison, asked her to tweet it so she could retweet it to her own followers. As of Monday morning, the tweet had more than 25,000 likes and had been shared close to 6,700 times.  Some of the reactions to the photo were nearly as funny as the photo itself.  “Wonder what my son was trying to say,” one Twitter user wrote above a photo of a little boy showing Santa his middle finger, with Santa looking on with great interest. “Something boss. I can tell,” Spencer responded. “This is how I signed ‘help,” another woman wrote, sharing a photo of herself as a child, screaming on Santa’s lap and desperately trying to get away. “That works, too,” Spencer wrote. Other commenters pointed out that Samuel’s technique wasn’t quite right.  “It’s ASL baby sign,” Spencer wrote in response. “Like with spoken language, certain words are ‘mispronounced’ by babies learning them.” She posted an image of the ASL sign for comparison.  Overall, people found the photo as hilarious as Spencer and her family do. Samuel, now 13, even got in on the Twitter action. “I happen to be the baby in this photo,” he tweeted. “You may direct all likes and follows to me now.” “You’re a big boy now,” his mom responded. “You got that right, Hun,” Samuel wrote.  Spencer said the entire family laughs at the photo each year. “Posting it is one of our favorite family traditions,” she said, according to Mashable.