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“If he was in on something that was not truthfully revealed to the judge, when there is a ‘stand your ground’ hearing, of course you’re going to second-guess him,” Mr. Hill said.
Both Mr. McClean and Mr. Hill said Mr. O'Mara would be able to challenge the admissibility of the bond revocation at trial by questioning its relevance.
Mr. Zimmerman was arrested 44 days after the killing, and during a bond hearing in April, his wife, Shellie, testified that the couple had limited funds available. Mr. Zimmerman took the stand at the hearing and apologized to Martin’s parents.
Prosecutors pointed out in their motion that Mr. Zimmerman had $135,000 available then. It had been raised from donations through a website he had set up. They suggested more has been collected since and deposited in a bank account.
Mrs. Zimmerman was asked about the website at the hearing, but she said she didn’t know how much money had been raised. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set bail at $150,000. The 28-year-old was freed a few days later after posting $15,000 in cash — which is typical.
Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda complained Friday: “This court was led to believe they didn’t have a single penny. It was misleading, and I don’t know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie.” The judge agreed and ordered Mr. Zimmerman returned to jail by Sunday afternoon.
The defense countered that Mr. Zimmerman and his wife never used the money for anything, which indicated “there was no deceit.”
The judge said he would schedule a hearing after Mr. Zimmerman is back in custody so he could explain himself.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, said his clients always have said Mr. Zimmerman should remain in jail until trial.
Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider reported from Sanford, Fla.
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