George Zimmerman To Seek Second Bond
George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, will meet with a Florida judge on Friday to argue being allowed bail for a second time, CNN reports.
His attorney feels that Zimmerman is a suitable candidate for bond despite the fact that he misrepresented his finances. In early June, Seminole Court Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. revoked Zimmerman’s$150,000 bail after he “allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court,” according to his defense attorney Mark O’Mara. He failed to disclose that he’d raised $135,000 in donations.
Zimmerman will arrive unshackled and wearing civilian clothing, as O’Mara insists that photos of him in jail garb may prejudice prospective jurors. He insists that his client poses no threat to the community and has fully cooperated with police thus far.
The lawyer addressed the state of Zimmerman’s finances in a motion seeking bond.
“Mr. Zimmerman’s failure to advise the court of the existence of the donated funds at the initial bail hearing was wrong and Mr. Zimmerman accepts responsibility for his part in allowing the court to be misled as to his true financial circumstances,” O’Mara wrote.
The money is currently “under the control of an independent trustee and is not accessible to Mr. Zimmerman or his family,” the motion said. “Any expenditure on behalf of Mr. Zimmerman must be approved by the fund administrator.”