Zimmerman Bond Revoked: Must Surrender Within 48 Hours
Florida judge Kenneth Lester Jr. revoked the bond for George Zimmerman, who is charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman must surrender within 48 hours.
Prosecutors asked Lester to revoke the bond, saying that Zimmerman "misrepresented, misled and deceived the court" about his financial situation and whether he had a U.S. passport during his April bond hearing.
Zimmerman and his wife had access to over $135,000 in a credit union account, which was donated to him through Zimmerman's website. Zimmerman argued in court that "he was indigent and his wife had no money." Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney said that the money raised by the website had been put in a trust fund that the attorney controls.
Lester accepted the explanation from Zimmerman's lawyer that his client had turned in a second passport, but the lawyer forgot to hand it over to authorities until Friday.
Trayvon Martin, 17 was killed on February 26 while walking in a Sanford, Florida neighborhood. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, stated that he shot Martin in self-defense.
The case caused massive uproar among the public, who criticized Sanford police handling of the investigation. Some believed that Martin, who is African American, was racially profiled by Zimmerman, who is Hispanic.
Zimmerman, 28, was charged with second-degree murder on April 11 and has been free on bail.
Abundant public attention to this case has prompted the prosecution and defense lawyers to argue that the trial information remain sealed.
Bernardo de la Rionda of State Attorney Angela Corey's office argued that releasing too much information would cause the case to be tried in the press, rather than the court, and lead to the inability to find a fair and impartial jury. De la Rionda is also worried about the reluctance of witnesses to testify, due to lack of privacy and media harassment.
Included in the information to be sealed is witness contact information, crime scene and autopsy photos, cell phone records and the 911 recording of the incident. The State is also asking that the judge seal statements that Zimmerman made to law enforcement officers.