George Zimmerman’s lawyers are making excuses for his failure to disclose cash raised through his legal defence fund right away.Zimmerman went back to jail Sunday after a judge revoked his bond amid concerns that he had lied about a second passport and the funds he had available.
Zimmerman, who’s charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, may have “allowed” his financial situation to be “misstated” at his bond hearing, his lawyers acknowledged Monday.
But he told the court about $204,000 raised for his defence five days after that hearing, his lawyers said.
Of those funds, $150,000 was transferred to an “independently managed” legal defence fund.
Meanwhile, Zimmerman used $30,000 to make the “complicated transition from life in Sanford, Fla. to a life in hiding as a defendant in a high-profile case,” his lawyers said. He used the remaining $20,000 for living expenses these past few months.
Zimmerman’s lawyers said Monday they would file a motion for a second bond hearing, noting that his life was in upheaval at the time of the first hearing.
“At the point of the bond hearing … Zimmerman had been thrust into the national spotlight as a racist murderer by factions acting with their own agendas,” his lawyer said in a statement.
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