Judge orders George Zimmerman to return to jail within 48 hours to face charges alleging he misled the court about his financial situation and a second passport he had
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin has been ordered to return to court within 48 hours. Prosecutors claim he “misrepresented, misled and deceived the court” during his April bond hearing, where he was given a $150,000 bond.
Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. said George misled the court about how much money he had available. The prosecutors in the case claim he had $135,000 available from a website George had set up. “The court was led to believe that they didn’t have a single penny,” said prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda. “If this [the money] wasn’t relevant to bond then why did they lie about it? I don’t know what other words to use besides that it was a blatant lie.”
George also had apparently obtained a second passport two weeks after the shooting, but failed to surrender it to the court. He reportedly thought his first passport was lost and found the second one later on. George’s lawyer says his client had given him the passport but the lawyer had forgotten to hand it into authorities until today.
Jamie Cohen, an attorney from Florida, explains this could have serious consequences for George. “He could be held in contempt of court and the judge could issue him a larger bond in order to release him again,” explains Ms. Cohen. “There is also a chance that he could be sent back to jail until his next hearing.”
George has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is claiming self-defense for the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon.