Judge Kenneth Lester granted a prosecution motion today to revoke George Zimmerman’s bond and ordered him to surrender himself to jail within 48 hours.
Judge Lester based his decision on recorded conversations between Zimmerman and his wife over a jailhouse telephone while Zimmerman was in custody. Jails routinely record all inmate telephone conversations and inmates are so advised.
During the recorded conversations, Zimmerman and his wife discussed what they should do with $135 posted to his Paypal account by internet supporters at his website. In fact, they were speaking in code because the true amount was $135,000 which they subsequently transferred into their bank account.
Nevertheless, when she testified under oath at his bond hearing, she said they had no money to post for bail. This led the court to order that, in lieu of cash, they could post a property bond secured by his father’s residence.
During their conversations, they also discussed a second passport that he had acquired approximately two weeks after the shooting by representing that he had lost his original passport. Apparently, he surrendered the “lost” passport to the court to secure his release on the property bond and placed the new passport in their safety deposit box at the bank.
Judge Lester was not amused.
The motion to revoke Zimmerman’s bail was an add-on to today’s scheduled hearing to consider motions filed by various news organizations to obtain copies of the police investigation file. Even though the prosecution had voluntarily released much of its file in the document dump two weeks ago, the news organizations were attempting to obtain what had not been released.
The Orlando Sentinel reports,
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey contends that all she wants is a fair trial. To get it, though, she insists she needs to keep secret several key pieces of evidence.
They include five statements Zimmerman gave authorities; witness names; crime scene photos that show Trayvon’s body; and cell phone records for Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, the teenager he shot to death, and the victim’s 16-year-old Miami friend, who told authorities she was on the phone with Trayvon and heard the start of his confrontation with Zimmerman.
Judge Lester ordered the material released in 30 days.