Lawyer: Zimmerman is no threat, should be released
By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press June 25, 2012 11:00AM
FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office shows George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman poses no threat to the community and should be released a second time on bail, his attorney said in a court motion released Monday, June 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff's Office, File)
ORLANDO, Fla. — The jailed neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin poses no threat to the community and should be released a second time on bail, his attorney said in a court motion released Monday
George Zimmerman’s attorney asked that Zimmerman be granted bond for a second time as he awaits a second-degree murder charge in the 17-year-old Martin’s shooting death during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., last February. A judge will consider the request at a second bond hearing Friday.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.
The neighborhood watch volunteer was granted a $150,000 bond last April but it was revoked earlier this month after prosecutors accused Zimmerman and his wife of misleading the court about how much money they had raised from donations to a website. Prosecutors say they had raised at least $135,000 from the website created by Zimmerman.
During the hearing, Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, testified that the couple had limited funds to use for bail since she was a fulltime nursing student and he wasn’t working. Zimmerman did nothing to correct her as she testified by telephone due to safety concerns. Prosecutors say jailhouse calls between Zimmerman and his wife a few days before the hearing show the neighborhood watch volunteer instructing his wife on how to transfer funds raised by the website to her account.
Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, was later charged with making a false statement.
“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,” Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara wrote in the motion.