The man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin is going back to jail.
A Florida Judge today gave George Zimmerman 48 hours to return to jail after granting a prosecutor’s request to revoke his bail. Prosecutors said that Zimmerman and his wife Shellie knew, but failed to disclose, a fund of $135,000 donated by supporters that was accessible to Zimmerman during his bail hearing. During the hearing, they said they had limited funds available and would have difficulty posting bond. Bail was subsequently set at $150,000.
As a result of prosecutors’ petition, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester found that Zimmerman misled the court and revoked his bond.
Prosecutors also claimed that Zimmerman had a second passport he failed to surrender, in direct violation of the terms of his bail. Zimmerman’s second passport was a replacement, granted to him after he believed his original passport was lost. The second passport was issued, then Zimmerman found the original, leaving him with two passports – and leaving one in his possesion during his bail. Judge Lester, however, dismissed this claim, stating that it was the same as having a replacement drivers license.
Zimmerman was arrested on charges of second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. The teen’s February death led to unrest and racial tensions across the country, after he was confronted by Zimmerman as he walked home from the store and was subsequently shot dead. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows individuals to use deadly force if they feel threatened.
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