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Zimmerman Phone Tapes Released

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP/WAOK) — Jailhouse calls show that the former neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin told his wife to buy bulletproof vests for them and for his attorney.

The calls, released Monday by prosecutors, also detail how Zimmerman instructed his wife to transfer money from bank accounts. They could play a crucial role in Zimmerman’s second bond hearing next week.

Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond in April, several days after the calls took place. At his bond hearing, his wife, Shellie, testified that she didn’t know how much money had been raised from a website created for his legal defense. She also testified that they had limited funds because she was in school full time and Zimmerman wasn’t working.

George Zimmerman’s bond was revoked and he was sent back to jail when Judge Kenneth Lester found out he and his wife were not truthful about the amount of money they had access to from a website set up to ask for donations for his defense. Shellie Zimmerman was also arrested briefly on perjury charges for not telling the truth about how much money that couple had. Shellie Zimmerman was under oath when she testified by phone during her husband’s bond hearing.

Zimmerman is scheduled for another bond hearing on June 29. His attorney Mark O’Mara had tried to get the tapes suppressed.

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