- Kerry warns of ‘very serious’ response to Crimea-Russia alliance
- Fla. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife drops restraining order against him
- McDonald’s lawsuits filed over wages ‘stolen’ like Hamburglar steals Big Macs
- HUMPHRIES: Fight like a Democrat – An open letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell
- Florida board member shocks with ‘Heil Hitler’ salute at town meeting
- Bill O’Reilly, Chris Matthews inducted into Irish America Hall of Fame
- Military given ‘execute order’ by Obama for secret cyber mission in June
- College group’s diversity event canceled after excluding white people
- Cops: 2 shoot up heroin as kids play at McDonald’s
- Drug charges against husband of Va. daycare owner
Judge weighing whether to give Zimmerman bond
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s lawyer sparred with prosecutors over the former neighborhood watch volunteer’s finances Friday in a lengthy hearing that concluded with a judge saying he would need more time to decide whether to post bond again.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester did not indicate when he might make a decision. He revoked Zimmerman’s bond earlier this month when prosecutors told the judge Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had during the April bond hearing.
Zimmerman’s attorney briefly considered calling his client to the stand, but ultimately decided against it.
“It was done to hide the money so they could deceive the court, lie to the court. Mrs. Zimmerman lied to the court and this defendant just sat there and let it happen,” prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said.
Zimmerman’s attorney attempted to show there was no effort to hide the money from the judge.
“It is not the grand conspiracy the state seems to suggest,” attorney Mark O'Mara said.
There was also a great deal of evidence and testimony about the head injuries Zimmerman suffered the night of the fight with Martin, including a broken nose and cuts on his skull. Zimmerman was also described by a probation officer as a “model client” who had not violated any of his previous bond conditions.
At times, the bond hearing had the flavor of a trial or a self-defense hearing, with both sides presenting what sounded like opening statements.
Attorneys for Zimmerman called prosecutors’ case weak and said he gave 11 voluntary statements to police and re-enacted the shooting with authorities. O'Mara twice played a chilling 911 call in which someone is repeatedly screaming “help” in the background. A gunshot is also heard on the recording.
George Zimmerman’s father took the witness stand and testified that he was certain that it was his son yelling for help on the tape.
Prosecutors argued they had evidence that Zimmerman was the aggressor and chased Martin, who they said acted in self-defense.
But the judge was not ruling on the merits of the case. Instead, the judge was focused on what happened at the previous bond hearing.
TWT Video Picks
By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
- USS Kidd sent to Indian Ocean after 'indication' of Malaysian jet crash
- Oil rig worker says he saw missing plane go down: report
- F-35 secrets now showing up in Chinas stealth fighter
- Cops: 2 shoot up heroin as kids play at McDonald's
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- MILLER: Law enforcement realizes good people with guns deter crime
- Details on ships, planes searching for missing jet
- GOP bill tries to pull courts into fight with Obama on executive power, enforcing laws
- College group's diversity event canceled after excluding white people
- NRA shirt gets N.Y. high school student suspended
Chaos as Manhattan building explodes
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again