In an interesting twist in the second degree murder case against George Zimmerman, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester has revoked his bond and has given the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer 48 hours to surrender to police.
The decision came after prosecutors accused Zimmerman, the man who prosecutors allege killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and his wife of lying about their financial situation. During his previous bond hearing, Zimmerman and his family testified that they were in dire financial straights and couldn’t afford a high bond amount. The judge granted $150,000 bond, but after details began to pour out about Zimmerman’s website raising over $200,000, many wondered if prosecutors would ask for a new hearing.
A motion filed by prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda gives more details:
“Defendant has intentionally deceived the court with the assistance of his wife,” it read. “During the jail phone calls both of them spoke in code to hide what they were doing.”
De la Rionda also told the judge “this court was led to believe that they didn’t have a single penny” at the previous bond hearing, and that Zimmerman’s wife “flat out lied to this court.”
The prosecutor also discovered that Zimmerman neglected to tell the court about a second passport.
Hearing the prosecutors motion, Judge Lester agreed to revoke Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond. He must surrender to police within 48 hours. It is unclear if he will remain in jail until his trial or if he will be granted a higher bond amount.