Zimmerman’s Bond Revoked in Trayvon Martin Case
George Zimmerman is back in jail, awaiting a second bond hearing after acknowledging that inaccurate information about his financial situation was used to set his initial $150,000 bond.
According to prosecutors, Zimmerman and his wife deceived a Florida court when she testified that they had limited funds. In fact, they had raised more than $200,000, primarily to help with legal costs associated with the high-profile case. Zimmerman’s lawyers say he failed to make the full disclosure because he was scared and confused.
Zimmerman, 28, has been at the center of intense media scrutiny for months because of his role in the Feb. 26 death of teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman admitted to shooting and killing the unarmed black 17 year old, but invoked Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which protects people from murder and manslaughter charges if they kill someone in certain self-defense situations. Zimmerman was not charged for more than six weeks. While he walked free, critics of “Stand Your Ground” used Martin’s death to rally against a law they said had been used to avoid prosecuting killers of African American victims.
After a lengthy review of the evidence, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey in April filed second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman.
By the time he was arraigned, Zimmerman had raised about $204,000. Of that, about $150,000 was transferred to his legal defense fund, $30,000 was used to move him from his Sanford, Fla., home to the secure location where he has been hiding, and the remaining $20,000 was set aside to cover living expenses, according to a statement issued by Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara.
“At the point of the bond hearing, Mr. Zimmerman had been driven from his home and neighborhood, could not go to work, his wife could not go back to finish her nursing degree, his mother and father had been driven from their home, and he had been thrust into the national spotlight as a racist murderer by factions acting with their own agendas. None of those allegations have been supported by the discovery released to date, yet the hatred continues,” Zimmerman’s lawyers wrote in a statement they issued Monday. “The failure to disclose these funds was caused by fear, mistrust and confusion.”
When prosecutors became aware that Zimmerman’s wife’s testimony had understated the couple’s financial health, they cried foul. A judge ordered Zimmerman back into custody, and said he will hold a hearing before deciding how next to act.
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