Defendant George Zimmerman’s bail was revoked on Friday, with presiding Judge Kenneth Lester ordering him back to jail within 48 hours, so by now he should have changed out of his street clothes into his state-issued jumper.
Bail was yanked away because the court found he and wife Shellie lied about $135,000 saved in his online PayPal acccount. Orginally reported by his lawyer Mark O’Mara as over $204,000 his client had collected from donors through his website, the amount has now been reduced to the aforementioned number.
Nonetheless, it is much more than they told the court they had during the bond hearing, where Zimmerman’s wife and family also said they didn’t have sufficient money. $15,000, or ten percent of the $150,000 set for bail, was the amount they had to pay down for him to be released. Wife Shellie was asked directly about the account and she said that she didn’t know how much was in it. The court now found out that she knew.
The 28-year-old self-appointed neighborhood watch also failed to reveal he had a second passport and all passports were to be handed over to the court before he could be released on bail.
Charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman claims self-defense under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, saying he shot the child because he was being badly beaten and feared for his life.
The fatal shooting happened as Martin was walking home from a nearby 7-Eleven on Feb. 26. No one knows exactly what happened on that rainy night in Sanford, but we do know the unarmed teenager lay dead a few minutes after leaving the store with a bag of Skittles and a small can of iced-tea. We know that the neighborhood watchman had called 911 to report a “really suspicious guy” and that the dispatcher had told him not to follow Martin but to wait for law enforcement.
Sanford police and the State prosecutor’s office took Zimmerman’s words for it when they released him the same night of the killing without any charges filed. He was arrested and charged 44 days after he shot and killed Martin.
Now that we have the court hauling him back to jail for misrepresenting the truth, does that blow his credibility? There were no witnesses who can give a difinitive account of what transpired that night and those who said they heard or saw some of the tragedy are now changing their stories.
The neighborhood watch volunteer’s case hinges partly on his word, so can those words be trusted after his PayPal money/passport lie? The “he said/she said” quality of this case has now been shaken and sadly the victim is not here to give his side of the story.
Autopsy report released stated that Trayvon Martin died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. There was one other wound on the body–a small cut on his left ring finger. George Zimmerman’s medical report was also released from his private doctor, which documented a black eye, fractured nose, busted lip and two small gashes to the back of the head. Police photos also showed blood on the back of his head, a slight cut to his nose but no black eye. Incidentally, Zimmerman was not deemed seriously injured and was not taken to a hospital on that night, but was reportedly treated on the scene by EMTs. He allegedly visited the family doctor the next day.
Martin’s report included traces of marijuana in his system, but no one has stated if Zimmerman was also tested for drugs. If he had, it certainly hasn’t been released, although an ABC News report stated that the defendant had been prescribed “Adderall and Temazepam” prior to the that night. These medications can cause mood swings and “agitation” in about 10 percent of patients who take them. Adderall is an amphetamine used for Attention Deficit Hyper Active Disorder (ADHD). Temazepam is used for insomnia or as an anti-anxiety drug.
If the defendant is lying this early in the case, has he just shot his credibility to smithereens? Will a jury trust someone who lied to get out on bail? Then again, we do not know if the judge is going to let this part of the case in as evidence.
If Zimmerman’s lawyer O’Mara chooses to go before a judge rather than a jury, to ask that the case be dismissed on the grounds that his client was protected under SYG law, he is going to have an extremely difficult time convincing this same Judge Lester who snatched back bail, of Zimmerman’s truthfulness. The trust factor will rear it’s head on this one.
So we just might see a jury trial afterall. That in itself could be a media circus of epic proportions.