George Zimmerman Bond Hearing: Judge Delays Decision as Trial Preview Unfolds

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A Florida judge delayed his decision today on whether to let George Zimmerman out of jail on bond a second time. Meanwhile, both prosecutors and the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin and laid out elements of their case at the bond hearing.

Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond earlier this month, believing the defendant and wife Shellie Zimmerman intentionally tried to mislead the court about their financial situation in April so he would be granted bond.

Zimmerman denies lying and wants the $150,000 reinstated.

The pair did not disclose more than $100,000 raised through a legal defense fund website; Zimmerman's wife was also charged with perjury.

In a two-hour-plus hearing on Friday, Zimmerman asked for his re-release, which led to the defense and prosecution conducting a mini-trial of sorts.

The state argued that Zimmerman is a criminal who should not be released, while the defense put forward evidence that he acted in self defense.

The defense played the Trayvon Martin 911 call from February 26, the night he was killed. In April, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.

"There's someone screaming outside. It sounds like a male. I think they're yelling help," a woman says in the call, as someone screams for help.

Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara then called his father, Robert Zimmerman, to the stand. He identified the screams heard on the call as his son's.

"It was absolutely George's," he said.

In cross examination, prosecutors said Zimmerman claimed Martin had covered his mouth, contradicting his assertion that he screamed for help.

O'Mara did not put Zimmerman on the stand.

He briefly drew the ire of the judge when he asked whether Zimmerman could make a statement to him without facing cross examination.

Lester called it a "backdoor" tactic and refused the request. At his first bond hearing, Zimmerman apologized to Martin's family in open court.


@ Ben- All of what you said is true and the truth is hard to take. @ Truth - HAHAHAHA!


Zimmerman is innocent. When will society realize that the reason why white people fear black people is because black people are violent and out of control? If society just admitted black people cannot be trusted, it would force the black community to start behaving more dignified, and it would help them as a race. No one hears of any other race acting this way. Even hispanics work and care for their children. No one hears of Asians not paying their bills. Only blacks. They are always the number one problem in every community, and why property values drop once blacks move in.


t jones is one fat stanky mo fo. gfriend can take her fat black ass and boo toof and go back to da project she came from. she needs her welfare check so she can feed her chilren she done have wit 6 difrent men, all in prison of course.


God I hope not. I haven't seen him since Kobe.


Oh no! Don't tell me T-Jones is comin' back!


Boom Shakaalacka! yeah- Dat mo fo be stanky! Hahahahaha! I gotz jones retribution alright!


@zim - you know t jones? dat beyotch be 1 swing out sista. she be negro wit a capital NEG! girlfriend surely be blabbing on her boo toof while eatin her wings and collared greens.


Haaaahahaha! Yeah- sum bitches gotz de traits of a t jones!


@zim - no, their smile shows their gold teef but they talk on their blu toof. also they don no nuffin bout birfin babies, either (just having many of them and taking state assistance to pay for them).


Didn't u mean boo teefes.

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