Attorneys for George Zimmmerman, Jr., the Florida man who fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin earlier this year, are requesting a second bond hearing after they admitted that their client lied to the court about his financial situation, according to Think Progress. The defense team has asked the court to put aside whatever reservations it might have and free their client, an accused murderer who has a second passport and $200,000 at his disposal and who has now, demonstrably, lied in testimony.
Last Friday, Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered Zimmerman, who had been released on $150,000 bond, back to jail. The defense team, headed by attorney Mark O’Mara released a statement yesterday through their website, saying that a combination of “fear, mistrust and confusion” drove Zimmerman to lie to the court about his legal defense fund, but that “in all other regards, Mr. Zimmerman has been forthright and cooperative.”
“At the point of the bond hearing,” they wrote, “Mr. Zimmerman had been driven from his home and neighborhood, could not go to work, his wife could not go back to a finish her nursing degree, his mother and father had been driven from their home, and he had been thrust into the national spotlight as a racist murderer by factions acting with their own agendas.”
How this precisely impacted the accused’s ability to recall whether or not he had $200,000 in the bank is unclear. O’Mara insisted to ABC News that the Zimmermans’ lies were warranted and justifiable. “It’s not again like they were trying to hide the money or leave with the money. They just had it… and felt like they needed to secure themselves,” he said.
O’Mara said that Zimmerman, who, said Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, had a “cozy” relationship with local police, is unhappy in jail.
In the wake of his return to jail, donations to Zimmerman’s defense fund have spiked. Contributions have poured in from anonymous donors all over the country, spurred by right wing commentators like Sean Hannity, whose listeners donated more than $60,000 after a show aired drawing attention to the case.
Zimmerman has waived his right to a speedy trial, meaning that if he is denied bail, he could remain in custody until the trial begins in 2013.
Watch video about this story, which aired Monday, June 4, and is embedded via ABC News, below:
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