The lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman insists his client should not remain in jail until the trial and that he be released on the same $150,000 bail he was granted earlier this year.
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer, also said the prosecution's case against his client was particularly weak and that the case, in which Zimmerman contends he shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense, is a strong one.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester has still not offered a ruling on O’Mara’s request to reinstate the $150,000 bail.
Zimmerman was granted bail in April, but he was ordered back to jail when prosecutors discovered he misled the court about a sum of more than $135,000 that he received in donations. Despite Zimmerman and his wife Shellie’s testimony that the couple were nearly destitute, the money was, in fact, in an account controlled by Zimmerman and his wife.
During last week's hearing, O'Mara stated Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was scared and confused when he failed to disclose the money he had amassed in a website defense-fund account. His lawyer argued it was the only time Zimmerman had failed to fully cooperate with authorities.
"I would suggest that he's evidenced that you can trust him many other times," O'Mara said.
In response, the prosecutor argued Zimmerman should remain in jail without bail, that he was complicit in lying to the court and he cannot be trusted.
"He quite frankly was manipulating the whole thing; he was using his wife as a conduit," the prosecutor said.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, saying he shot the teenager in self-defense. He invoked Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force if they feel they are in imminent danger.
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