Judge Revokes George Zimmerman's Bond

Judge Revokes George Zimmerman's Bond

A judge granted prosecutors' motion to revoke Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman’s bond after it was discovered he lied about possession of a second passport.

Published June 1, 2012

George Zimmeman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin, is headed back to jail after a judge revoked his bond. He now has 48 hours to surrender.

Florida prosecutors filed a motion Friday requesting a revocation of Zimmerman's bond based on information he held a second passport. The 28-year-old, who faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with shooting the unarmed teen in February, was released from jail on $150,000 bail after a bond hearing in late April.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman "misrepresented, misled and deceived the court" during the bond hearing about whether he had a U.S. passport and about his family's finances.

"The court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny," said prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda according to ABC News. "If this [the money] wasn't relevant to bond then why did they lie about it? I don't know what other words to use besides that it was a blatant lie."

Documents produced at the April bond hearing showed that Zimmerman had $135,000 in his bank account the day before his bail hearing, despite his claims that he had no money.

In addition, a series of recorded conversations released Friday revealed coded discussions between Zimmerman and his wife about his second passport, tucked away in a safe deposit shared by the couple.

According to prosecutors, although Zimmerman’s primary passport was set to expire in May, he applied for a second passport by claiming that the original was lost or stolen.

The Martin's attorney, Benjamin Crump, told ABC News that the family always believed that Zimmerman should have remained in prison.

"If the shoe was on the other foot, Trayvon Martin would have been put in jail," Crump said.

Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network and a supporter of Trayvon's parents, applauded the judge’s decision.

"We joined with the family and others concerned about the fairness of proceedings in asking for a review and we take note that based upon the evidence, the judge has made a fair-minded decision based upon the evidence,” Sharpton said.

Also Friday, Zimmerman’s defense and prosecutors argued together to maintain the privacy of certain sealed pieces of evidence including Zimmerman’s recorded statements to investigators, as media companies fight for access to the information. Both sides say that the statements should be exempt from Florida's public record laws.

"The state has filed a motion to seal certain parts of the record. I understand their reasons for it and I agree with some and disagree with others," Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said according to WESH Orlando.

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(Photo: David Manning/Reuters)

Written by Naeesa Aziz


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