News: George Zimmerman’s Bond Revoked, Wife Lies In Court About Finances

01
Jun

Looks like George Zimmerman is headed back to jail.

Fox News Reports:

A judge on Friday revoked the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said that George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, misled the court about how much money they had available when his bond was set for $150,000 in April. Prosecutors claim Zimmerman had $135,000 available that had been raised by a website he set up.

Zimmerman’s wife testified at the bond hearing that they had limited funds available since she was a nursing student and Zimmerman wasn’t working.

“He can’t sit back and obtain the benefit of a lower bond based upon those material falsehoods,” Lester said.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said the fact that Zimmerman and his wife never used the money for anything indicated “there was no deceit.”

“I do think that the Zimmerman family was acting with the constraints they thought they had,” O’Mara said after the ruling. “I don’t think that they had free access to that money and I think that was evident by the way that they used it and didn’t use it.”

Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda described the Zimmermans’ testimony as “misleading.”

“This court was led to believe they didn’t have a single penny,” said De la Rionda. “It was misleading and I don’t know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie.”

Prosecutors also said Zimmerman had failed to surrender a second passport, but the judge dismissed that concern as the equivalent of someone who has lost a driver’s license, applies for a new one and then finds the old driver’s license.

O’Mara said he hopes the revocation of bond is “temporary.” “I hope that they will give us a day in court to explain George’s behavior and look at all the circumstances, even the discovery that’s come out to date in determining what he’s going to do about letting him back out on bond,” he said.

Stay Tuned.