Florida Judge Orders Trayvon Martin Killer Back to Jail
After his arrest in April, George Zimmerman, the man responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin, was released on bail. But today, a judge has ordered Zimmerman back to jail. He has 48 hours to do so.
The judge in Florida, Kenneth Lester, ruled earlier today that Zimmerman and his wife had misled the court about their finances. Slate has the background story:
During Zimmerman's original bond hearing in April, Shellie testified that she and her husband had limited funds to pay for his bail and Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ultimately allowed Zimmerman to be released on a $150,000 bond. Several days later, however, Zimmerman's attorney acknowledged that his client had raised more than $200,000 from a website, a sum that was not disclosed during the bond hearing. (Prosecutors say the PayPal account in question had about $135,000 in it at the time of the hearing, according to theAssociated Press.)
Zimmerman's defense has argued that its failure to alert the court to that account was simply an innocent misunderstanding, but the prosecution successfully convinced the judge that it was intentionally hidden. "The court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny," said prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda. "If this 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."
Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, killed the unarmed Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, earlier this year. Zimmerman’s defense attorney has predicted that a trial would not begin until next year.