George Zimmerman surrendered yesterday to police within the 48-hour deadline, as ordered by Judge Kenneth Lester of the Seminole County Circuit Court. He is back in Seminole County Jail.
His attorney, Mark O’Mara, will be filing a new motion for release on bail, probably later today. Judge Lester will not be available to hear the motion this week because he will be out of court. That means the hearing will not occur until next week at the earliest.
Judge Lester revoked Zimmerman’s bond last Friday after prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda presented a partial transcript of recorded telephone conversations Zimmerman had with his wife from jail, days before the April 20 bond hearing. All jailhouse telephone conversations are routinely recorded and participants are so advised.
The transcript details their discussion regarding the amount of money he had raised from his website. He told her how to transfer funds from the Paypal account at the website into his bank account using a code to referring to “$15” in place of “$150,000.”
When Shellie Zimmerman was asked at the bond hearing how much money was raised from the website, she said she did not know and Zimmerman never corrected the false statement.
O’Mara has stated that Zimmerman’s judgment was clouded by threats to his safety that required him to stop working and forced him and his family to leave their homes.
We feel the failure to disclose these funds was caused by fear, mistrust, and confusion.
Remains to be seen if Judge Lester will accept the excuse. I doubt it, but if he does, I have no doubt that he will substantially increase the amount of bail.
There is, after all, the matter of the second passport that Zimmerman failed to disclose and surrender.