Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman Murder Trial Update- A judge on Friday revoked bond for George Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has been ordered to turn himself in and be returned to jail within 48 hours.
The following is via The Grio:
The dramatic turn of events came as Judge Kenneth Lester ruled that Zimmerman lied to the court during an April bond hearing about how much money he and his family had access to. Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond in April, after he and his family testified that they lacked any assets and Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, requested a bond of $15.000. The state had sought a bond of $1 million.
Prosecutors also said Zimmerman had a second passport, which he failed to disclose to the court. During the April 20 bond hearing, O’Mara told the judge Zimmerman’s current passport is “the only passport he has,” and said it expired in May. It was that passport which Zimmerman surrendered to the court upon receiving bond. But prosecutors on Friday said Zimmerman had a second passport, which he had applied for after reporting one stolen.
During the April 20 hearing, Zimmerman, his wife Shellie, and his parents testified that they were indigent, that neither she nor George was working or receiving unemployment benefits, and that they and Zimmerman’s parents had no assets that they could liquidate or sell in order to come up with money for bond. When asked specifically about a website Zimmerman had set up, which was linked to a PayPal account, Shellie Zimmreman testified that she did not know how much money was in the account. Shellie Zimmerman told Judge Kenneth Lester during that hearing, in which she and Zimmerman’s other family members testified by telephone, that her brother-in-law would be the person who knew how much money was in the account, but that he was not there to talk to the judge. Shellie Zimmerman added that she did not know how long the website had been in existence, since she had not seen her husband since he went into hiding (prior to his arrest) — though they communicated daily by phone.
In late April, the media learned that the website had taken in over $200,000 in donations. Zimmerman’s previous attorneys resigned after losing touch with Zimmerman and learning he had set up the site, without notifying them. At the time bond was set, prosecutors say Zimmerman had $135,000 available.
O’Mara called the issue of Zimmerman’s finances an innocent mistake. But attorneys for Martin’s family say the disclosures go to Zimmerman, credibility, which attorney Ben Crump called crucial to his self-defense claim.