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George Zimmerman’s bond has been revoked and he has been ordered to turn himself in within 48 hours.The Florida State Attorney requested the change, claiming Zimmerman lied about possessing a second passport and the amount of money he had at his disposal.
Friday’s afternoon hearing, which was meant to decide whether evidence in Zimmerman’s murder case should be released, took a serious turn when the prosecution argued Zimmerman and his wife lied to the court, according to a live feed of today’s proceedings on NBC Miami.
“This court was led to believe that they didn’t have a single penny,” the prosecution argued, stating Shelly Zimmerman lied when she said she and her husband had no money.
The prosecution also argued Zimmerman had a second passport that he concealed from the court, making him a flight risk. In April 2004, Zimmerman filled out a claim stating his passport was lost or stolen and requested a new one, according to the live feed.
The same year, he obtained a new passport that was valid until 2014.
“I don’t know but I think they may have committed contempt of court,” the prosecution argued Friday.
But according to Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, Zimmerman has followed the law to the letter. O’Mara claimed his client found the second passport and immediately turned it in to O’Mara.
With regards to the money, Zimmerman and his wife didn’t lie about the amount of money at their disposal. Zimmerman had forfeited any right he had to the money in his defence fund, O’Mara said during the live feed.
“How could somebody forget that they had $135,000?” the prosecution argued. The prosecution used time stamped phone calls between Zimmerman and his wife to show the pair knew how much money was actually at their disposal.
At the end of today’s proceedings, Judge Kenneth Lester stated the Zimmermans did indeed misrepresent their financial status, which equaled grounds for a bond revocation.
In a post-hearing press conference, O’Mara said he understood the state’s position but disagreed with it.
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