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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin
can be released from jail on $1 million bond while he awaits trial on a
second-degree murder charge, a judge ruled Thursday.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester granted bond to George
Zimmerman for a second time. Lester had revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond last
month after prosecutors told the judge Zimmerman and his wife misled the court
about how much money they had during an April bond hearing.
Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal
defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing. Zimmerman and
his wife did not mention the money then, and Shellie Zimmerman even said the
couple had limited resources because she was a student and he wasn't
The judge made his decision after listening to Zimmerman's
attorney and a forensic financial analyst explain why he wasn't more
Prosecutors previously argued the couple talked in code
during recorded jailhouse conversations about how to transfer the donations to
different bank accounts. For example, George Zimmerman at one point asked how
much money they had. She replied "$155." Prosecutors allege that was code for
$155,000. Their reference to "Peter Pan" was code for the PayPal system through
which the donations were made, prosecutors said.
Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara sparred with prosecutors
over those finances last week and questioned why his client is in jail at all,
arguing that Martin's actions led to his death.
O'Mara ultimately decided against calling his client to
the stand during last Friday's hearing, unlike during the first bond hearing,
when Zimmerman apologized to Martin's family.
The defense attorney called Zimmerman's father to testify,
and played a chilling 911 call from the Feb. 26 night when Martin was killed.
The call includes a disputed cry for help and the fatal gunshot. Robert
Zimmerman said he was sure that was his son's cry.
Shellie Zimmerman has since been charged with perjury. She
is out of jail on $1,000 bond and her arraignment is set for July 31.
Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for
fatally shooting the unarmed 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 at a gated apartment
community in Sanford. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and claims the shooting
was self-defense under the state's "stand your ground" law.
Martin's parents and supporters claim that the teenager
was targeted because he was black and that Zimmerman started the confrontation
that led to the shooting. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is
The 44 days between the shooting and Zimmerman's arrest
inspired nationwide protests, led to the departure of the Sanford police chief
and prompted a U.S. Justice Department probe.
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