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.

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Hi Jenny, We can't march every day because we have to go to work since we are not sitting around on welfare blaming everyone else for our rotten life.


the word 'ghetto' doesn't apply to 'black.' You may have had a few 'points' up to that statement which just showed complete ignorance, lack of compassion & misinformed media education. Have you ever lived in a 'ghetto?' Yep, that's what I thought.


A wannabe cop, followed a suspicious looking, 6'3" 17 year old. The guy being followed, decided to attack the wannabe cop. The wannabe cop shot, in self defense, the violent, Trayvon. Race wasn't involved, until Sharpton and Jackson, came out of hibernation. Ghetto type blacks, take notice, you get violent, you get dead. You are fast runners, good fighters, dumb as a rock, and bullets don't bounce off of your worthless being. Black people who work for a living, take care of your responsibilities, aren't always trying to pull crap, I'm not talking about you.


This is a crime only not a race hate crime.everytime a black guy kills wht o latin i say lets call it hate crime too.We be marchin daily.


Morning All. What the Judge says gos ! But I say he need too be in Jail for 100 years his wife 40 years. Well that's all.