Judge Hears Arguments at Zimmerman’s Second Bond Hearing
Sanford, FL (WAOK) – George Zimmerman, the man accused of fatally shooting unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, appeared again in a Florida courtroom on Friday asking for a second time to be released from jail.
A member of a Sanford, Florida ambulance crew told the court at today’s bond hearing that Zimmerman’s head was covered in blood after the February incident.
EMT Kevin O’Rourke testified that “45 percent” of Zimmerman’s head had blood on it and that the lacerations on Zimmerman’s head “would probably need stitches.” O’Rourke also testified that Zimmerman’s nose was broken.
George Zimmerman admitted to shooting Martin, sparking national attention to race relations and gun control laws in the United States.
Zimmerman has argued self-defense, stating that he was attacked by Martin. The prosecution, however, alleges that the former neighborhood watchman unjustly profiled and murdered Martin.
Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. revoked Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond on June 1 after learning that during the initial bond hearing the suspect and his wife were dishonest under court oath. The couple failed to disclose that Zimmerman had received about $150,000 in online donations.
Shellie Zimmerman told the court on the April 20 hearing that she was unsure of the amount of donations raised from the website and whether the couple had money available to aid in his defense.
The prosecution alleges that the husband and wife spoke in code during a jailhouse phone conversation regarding their available funds.
Shellie Zimmerman was charged with perjury and jailed briefly.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester did not decide Friday when he might make a decision on George Zimmerman’s bond, saying only that he needed time to consider evidence.
It is expected that if the judge grants Zimmerman bail, the bond would be much higher than its original $150,000 amount.