George Zimmerman Ordered To Jail, Must Surrender By Sunday Afternoon
George Zimmerman must surrender himself to authorities by Sunday afternoon after Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. revoked his bond. The bond was revoked when it was discovered that Zimmerman mislead the court regarding his finances. George Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was freed in April after his wife told the court the family was indigent, only to discover later that Zimmerman had direct access to $135,000.
The money in question was raised from supporters after George Zimmerman setup a website meant to solicit donations for his defense fund.
Prosecutors also claim that Zimmerman and his wife talked in code when discussing the money in jailhouse conversations in order to hide the couples finances from authorities.
According to the prosecution Zimmerman ”fully controlled and participated in the transfer of money from the PayPal account to defendant and his wife’s credit union accounts. This occurred prior to the time defendant was arguing to the court that he was indigent and his wife had no money.”
In April Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara told the court that money raised was put in a trust fund, however he admitted that the defendant still had access to the money. At the time a $150,000 bond was set for which $15,000 was posted to release Zimmerman from jail.
When he spoke of the lies Judge Lester appeared openly angered at Zimmerman’s defense team:
“Does your client get to sit there like a potted palm and let you lead me down the primrose path? That’s the issue.”
Zimmerman in the meantime will have a lot to answer for as his trial progresses, including allegations from a former co-worker that Zimmerman often made racist remarks toward black people.