BRADENTON - A Manatee County judge appointed a public defender to represent Daniel Floyd Williams, who is accused of shooting a 17-year-old cheerleader Friday night.
In a brief first appearance this morning, a shackled Williams, 18, said his mother may hire a private attorney. The judge assigned a public defender to handle the case until then.
Williams is being held without bail on a charge of second-degree murder.
He turned himself in to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office about 10 p.m. Saturday, roughly 23 hours after Jazmine Thompson was shot while sitting in a car with three other girls near Southeast High School in Bradenton.
On Sunday, cheerleaders on Thompson's squad with help from parents and other students raised more than $3,500 washing cars to help pay for her funeral.
The slain teen's family doesn't have money to pay for the funeral, said Joe Martin, general manager of the Mexicali Border Café in Bradenton where the car wash was held.
Hundreds of people showed up to have their cars washed and make donations, said Debbie Capobianco, mother of Kristi Drobecker, a captain on the cheerleading squad. Lines stretched around the building. One person donated $200, Capobianco said.
Even students from other Manatee County high schools pitched in. They washed so many cars, the teens ran out of soap.
"People were just so generous. The community has been great," Capobianco said.
Organizers expect to give the family the money on Tuesday.
Thompson was with two classmates shortly after 11 p.m. Friday and had just picked up a friend who attends Southeast High School.
The shooting happened after Williams approached the car and struck up a conversation, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said. After the conversation became heated, Williams started waving a gun that went off, striking Thompson, who was sitting the back seat, according to Steube.
Thompson was shot in the head. Her friends drove several miles to her home on 32nd Avenue East and called 911.
By the time paramedics arrived, the Bayshore High School senior was dead.
The sheriff said Williams knew at least one of the girls.
Williams has lived in Manatee County for about four years, but investigators don't have a permanent address for him. Investigators believe Williams' nearest relative lives in Philadelphia, Steube said.
They think Williams has lived with various girlfriends since moving to Manatee County in 2005.
Thompson had hoped to attend University of Central Florida to study law and become a defense attorney.