George Zimmerman Appears at Another Bond Hearing
Judge to weigh defendant’s arguments for a second release from jail
George Zimmerman, the man charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, may get a second opportunity to await trial in seclusion.
On Friday morning, the 29-year-old former neighborhood watch captain will again argue for his release from a Florida jail, after a judge revoked his bond for misleading the court about his personal finances.
On Thursday, Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. granted Zimmerman's request to appear unshackled and in civilian clothes.
Earlier this month, state prosecutors successfully convinced Lester that Zimmerman and his wife Shellie “flat-out lied” to the court about having nearly $140,000, which had been raised in an online legal defense fund.
George Zimmerman was ordered back to jail and Shellie Zimmerman was arrested on perjury charges.
Recorded calls from jail between the Zimmermans were used as evidence that the two knew about the money and moved it around between personal bank accounts.
George Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge in Martin’s death, to which he has plead not guilty and seeks immunity from conviction under the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
Stay with Loop 21 for coverage of the bond hearing.