Today, prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin case asked Judge Kenneth Lester to revoke George Zimmerman’s bail, which had originally been set at $150,000. In a shocking turn, Judge Lester granted their motion, and Zimmerman now has 48 hours to turn himself in to authorities.
But why did Zimmerman’s bail get revoked?
The Orlando Sentinel has the scoop on this developing story:
The decision came after revelations that Zimmerman and his wife may have conspired to lie about thousands of dollars in donations they’d collected before his bond hearing.
In a new motion, prosecutors accused Zimmerman and his wife of lying to the judge during a bond hearing about money they collected for his defense.
Prosecutors allege Zimmerman’s wife knew about the donations her husband had collected through a PayPal account, but didn’t mention the money at his bond hearing.
Zimmerman’s PayPal account ultimately collected more than $200,000, his attorney later revealed.
At today’s hearing, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda noted that the court “was led to believe that [Zimmerman's family] didn’t have a single penny,” but as we noted in late April, his attorney, Mark O’Mara, later disclosed that Zimmerman had raised approximately $200,000 via website donations for his defense fund.
At that point in time, Judge Lester said he’d revisit the issue of Zimmerman’s bail if more evidence was obtained as to Zimmerman’s control of those funds at the time bail was set.
According to MSNBC, before revoking Zimmerman’s bail, Judge Lester said that Zimmerman had “engaged in a ‘material falsehood’ about his finances.” But O’Mara believes this is all just an “innocent misunderstanding,” citing Zimmerman’s continued cooperation with the police.
How do you think Zimmerman will fare in jail this time around? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.
George Zimmerman’s bond revoked in shooting of Trayvon Martin [Orlando Sentinel]
Judge revokes bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin case [MSNBC]
George Zimmerman’s bond revoked by judge, 48 hours to surrender in Trayvon Martin killing [CBS News]
Judge Orders Zimmerman to Turn Himself In [NBC Miami]