Booted from GoFundMe,• https://thestarnewsnetwork.com by Rachel Alexander
George Alan Kelly, a southern Arizona rancher, received over $350,000 in legal defense fund aid on GiveSendGo after being kicked off of GoFundMe for trying to raise money for his case.
Kelly is being charged with first-degree, premeditated murder for allegedly shooting an illegal immigrant on his property on January 30. GoFundMe took off multiple legal defense funds for Kelly because the company said these funds violated its terms of service about raising money "to cover the legal defense of anyone formally charged with an alleged violent crime."
Jacob Wells, a co-founder of GiveSendGo, told The Arizona Sun Times, "We are happy that GiveSendGo has become the neutral platform for everyone needing to fundraise." His sister and co-founder, Heather Wilson, added, "GiveSendGo stands committed to allow people to fundraise for legal activities no matter how volatile the political climate might be."
The 74-year-old rancher's attorney, Brenna Larkin, said Kelly fired warning shots on his property near Nogales after he heard a gunshot and found a group of men pointing an AK-47 at him. He said he did not realize until hours later when he found the body that he had hit someone. He notified law enforcement both after confronting the men and after finding the body.