Zimmerman, who is facing second degree murder charges stemming from the February shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, must also adhere to several bond conditions. According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman has a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, cannot leave Seminole County without proper permission, must pay for his own electronic monitoring device, must abstain from alcohol, and cannot open a bank account.
During the second bond hearing, Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara and prosecutor Bernie de la Riond disagreed about whether or not Zimmerman should be granted bond. At issue was Zimmerman’s refusal to disclose more than $100,000 he’d raised from a website.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond last month after prosecutors said Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had during an April bond hearing. Prosecutors said Zimmerman created a website for his legal defense that had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing, but they failed to mention it.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their arguments in a second bond hearing on June 29. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked for a $150,000 bond, while the state asked the court to keep the defendant behind bars without bond.
O’Mara argued in court papers that his client is no threat to the public and proved he wasn’t a flight risk by returning to jail when his bond was revoked. O’Mara said although Zimmerman should have admitted that his wife wasn’t telling the whole truth when she testified that the couple had no assets, it doesn’t make Zimmerman a grand conspirator as the state seems to suggest.
O’Mara also argued that the bulk of the more than $200,000 raised by the website was turned over to a third-party administrator and Zimmerman has no control over the money.
But Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda disagreed, saying Zimmerman’s wife lied to the court and the defendant just sat there and let it happen. He said the bottom line was that on April 20, the day of Zimmerman’s first bond hearing, there was more than $100,000 in the Zimmerman’s account.
Zimmerman, a former Neighborhood Watch volunteer, has claimed he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense and is claiming protection under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.