Judge sets bond for Zimmerman at $1M
Updated On: Jul 06 2012 10:45:28 AM EDT
A judge has again issued bond for George Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Judge Kenneth R. Lester set Zimmerman's bond at $1 million.
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Zimmerman was initially released on $150,000 bond, but the judge revoked his bond last month and he was rearrested after being accused of misleading the court about how much money he had during an April bond hearing.
Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing. Zimmerman and his wife did not mention the money then, and Shellie Zimmerman even said the couple had limited resources because she was a student and he wasn't working.
The judge revoked the lower bond in reaction to jailhouse calls that revealed he and his wife not only knew they had access to the defense fund money but took steps to move it and, speaking in code, conceal it from the court. Because of the calls, Shellie Zimmerman is charged with perjury.
"It appears to the court that the defendant is manipulating the system to his own benefit," Lester said in his ruling. "The evidence is clear that the defendant and his wife acted in concert, but primarily at the defendant's direction, to conceal their cash holdings."
George Zimmerman's attorney had said that his client was scared and confused, but the judge indicated that he believes George Zimmerman lied, so he set bond at $1 million.
The judge said George Zimmerman has the ability to post the required $100,000 to be freed. He reiterated that the $1 million is not a punishment but a bond that George Zimmerman can meet, although it is set high enough to make sure he will not flee.
If he posts bond, to remain free, George Zimmerman must not commit any crimes, must avoid contact with Martin's family, must be electronically monitored at his own expense, must not leave Seminole County without authorization from the court, must check in with the Pretrial Release Department every 48 hours, must not visit the airport, must not open or maintain a bank account, must not consume any alcohol, must obey a curfew between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and must not apply for or obtain a passport.
Through their attorney, Martin's parents said Thursday that they wanted George Zimmerman to stay in jail, but they respect the judge's decision.
Whether George Zimmerman can or will post bond is not clear.
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