Breaking News: The judge in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial revoked his bond today and ordered him to surrender himself in 48 hours. George Zimmerman's Bond Revoked
attorney Mark O'Mara during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla., in this
April 20, 2012 photo. (Gary W. Green/ Orlando Sentinel/Pool/AP Photo)
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A judge revoked bond today for George Zimmerman, who is accused of
killing a Florida teenager in his gated community, and ordered the
neighborhood watch captain to surrender himself in 48 hours.
Prosecutors had filed a motion today to revoke his bond, accusing
Zimmerman of "deceiving" the court about his finances and his possession
of a second passport, which he apparently acquired two weeks after the
"The court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny,"
said prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda. "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."
In recordings of conversations released today during a court hearing,
Zimmerman and his wife cryptically talk about his second passport in a
safety deposit box they shared.
Although one of his passports was due to expire in May, prosecutors said
today, Zimmerman applied for a second passport, informing the State
Department that the original had been lost lost or stolen.
In some of the phone calls between the two, she is at a credit union
that was linked to his PayPal account and speaking to a teller. The
prosecution said that she was "intimately involved in the deposit and
transfer of funds and money into various accounts."
In the conversations Zimmerman and his wife speak in code -- reducing
the amounts in their financial accounts by a factor of 1,000.
Prosecutors said the couple knew that their jailhouse conversations were
likely being recorded.
Zimmerman is accused of tracking down and killing teenager Trayvon
Martin, who caught the attention of the neighborhood watch captain in
his gated Florida community.
The new documents show that Zimmerman had $135,000 in his bank account
the day before his bail hearing -- in which he declared himself
The prosecution and defense also have banded together against more than a
dozen media companies' demands to uncork another batch of sealed
records that could reveal much more about both Zimmerman and Martin that
The attorneys for Zimmerman and the state will likely try to keep sealed
Zimmerman's statements to police, his text messages and the names and
addresses of 22 witnesses
who saw or heard the fighting between Zimmerman and Martin Feb. 26.
Both sides have argued that given the intense controversy and scrutiny
over the shooting, keeping a lid on public information about the
identity of witnesses and Zimmerman's allegedly inconsistent statements
given to police the night of the shooting would enable them to more
fairly pursue justice.
However, the media companies countered that violates Florida's especially open public records laws.
Zimmerman has claimed that he shot the unarmed 17-year-old Feb. 26 in self-defense.
The prosecution has accused the neighborhood watchman of "profiling"
Martin, who is black; following him; and entering into a confrontation
that eventually led him to draw his weapon and shoot Martin in the
Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara wrote on his blog that once he receives
all the evidence from the state he will begin deposing about 50
witnesses, including experts. He added the trial is now not expected to
begin until 2013.
O'Mara has brought on a new co-counsel to help him with the case, Orlando attorney Donald West, who specializes in murder cases.
West resigned from his post at the federal public defender's office in
Orlando specifically to join O'Mara and defend Zimmerman.
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