George Zimmerman is back behind bars after the judge in the case ordered him back to jail. George's attorney says he dreaded going back to jail and that he's "frustrated that he had to prove his own innocence."
George Zimmerman attorneys posted on his defense website:
Zimmerman's defense team will file a motion today for a second bond hearing. While Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges that he allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court, the defense will emphasize that in all other regards, Mr. Zimmerman has been forthright and cooperative.
At the point of the bond hearing, Mr. Zimmerman had been driven from his home and neighborhood, could not go to work, his wife could not go back to a finish her nursing degree, his mother and father had been driven from their home, and he had been thrust into the national spotlight as a racist murderer by factions acting with their own agendas. None of those allegations have been supported by the discovery released to date, yet the hatred continues.
It must be noted that, when attempting to interpret George's actions regarding the funds, that he did disclose the existence of the funds five days after the bond hearing, during his first conversation with the defense about the fund.
When the defense team learned of the funds, we disclosed this to the court and to the State Attorney's Office, and the money was transferred to the Legal Defense Fund, which is now independently managed.
Of the original $204,000 raised by Mr. Zimmerman's fund, approximately $150,000 was transferred to the Legal Defense Fund. $30,000 was used to make the complicated transition from private life in Sanford, FL to a life in hiding as a defendant in a high-profile court case.
The balance of approximately $20,000 was kept liquid to provide living expenses for the first several months as the legal process unfolds.
Since the independently managed Legal Defense Fund was established on May 3, supporters have contributed more than $37,000.
Of this amount, $2,000 has been designated for household expenses. Less than $300 has been designated for fund management and fees associated with maintaining the conditions of the bond. None of the funds have yet to be allocated to legal expenses. Neither Mr. Zimmerman or the defense team has direct access to the independently managed Legal Defense Fund.
George Zimmerman has returned to Central Florida, arriving late Saturday evening. On Friday, June 1, the court revoked Mr. Zimmerman's bond, ordering him to return to custody within 48 hours. The defense team has coordinated with the Sanford Police Department to ensure Mr. Zimmerman's security when he turns himself in before today's 2:30 PM deadline.
While out on bond, Mr. Zimmerman has been living in a secure, undisclosed location as there are significant threats against his life.
Mr. Zimmerman's lawyers will request a new bond hearing where they can address the court's concerns regarding the representation of funds available at the time of the original hearing on April 20. The defense team hopes that Mr. Zimmerman's voluntary surrender to Sanford police will help demonstrate to the court that he is not a flight risk. Furthermore, the vast majority of the funds in question are in an independently managed trust, and neither Mr. Zimmerman or his attorneys have direct access to the money.
On May 8, Mr. Zimmerman waived his right to a speedy trial to allow the defense team the time needed to prepare for trial. It is anticipated, though not certain, that the case will not be ready for trial until some time into 2013, and the next bond hearing will determine whether Mr. Zimmerman will wait those many months in jail or not.
As the Trayvon Martin case continues to develop, a new twist has emerged in the case. The judge who would be overseeing the case in Florida has revealed there may be a conflict of interest in the case. Judge Jessica Recksiedler held a status hearing in the case yesterday and revealed that her husband is a partner at the law firm, Mark NeJame, that has been hired by CNN to give analysis on the case. She made the revelation that Zimmerman's attorney or the State Prosecutor may want her to step down from the case.
Next week, a request may be made to have the judge removed, which Mark O,Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, said he may do. If such a request is made it is almost certain Judge Recksiedler will step down from the case. NeJame has said that Zimmerman had contacted his law firm on March 15, 2012, stating that he needed a defense attorney, but he declined because he has two small children. After a period of two weeks passed, his law firm signed a contract with CNN. Around this time, Zimmerman made contact through a friend for a referral of a defense attorney and his current attorney was recommended.
A bond hearing for the defendant is already scheduled for April 20, 2012, but if the judge has to step aside, then it will have to be rescheduled. With all this taking place, a previous revelation, Tracy Martin made to USA Today has come to light, he says he warned his son years ago that he may be targeted because of his race, He said:
“I’ve always let him know we as African Americans get stereotyped,” he told USA Today three weeks after he son was killed. “I told him that society is cruel."
George Zimmerman turned himself into authorities today and was charged with 2nd degree murder of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death on February 26, 2012 and claimed self-defense under Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" Law. It has taken 45-days to get to this point.
Zimmerman wasn't arrested and charged at the time of the shooting which began national protests and outrage calling for an arrest. Many, especially in the African-American community cited race and racial profiling as a major factor in Zimmerman's pursuit of Trayvon that fateful night.
Zimmerman was processed and booked in Seminole County and will face a judge tomorrow for bail.
Much has been made about the 911 call in which you can hear someone screaming in the background during the last moments of Trayvon Martin's life. George Zimmerman's supporters, such as his father and brother, claim it is him screaming, but Trayvon's Martin's family are adamant it is him. Some of the 911 callers and other witnesses who heard the screams say the sounds depicted sounded like a a younger child's screams. Zimmerman, 28. claimed he was attacked by Martin before the fatal shooting. He was not arrested and charged which has led to a national outcry for his arrest.
The Orlando Sentinel asked "forensic voice experts" to analyze the 911 call with the screams and they have both come to the conclusion that the screams being heard in the background could not be that of George Zimmerman. The Orlando Sentinel:
"I took all of the screams and put those together, and cut out everything else," Owen says. The software compared that audio to Zimmerman's voice. It returned a 48 percent match. Owen said to reach a positive match with audio of this quality, he'd expect higher than 90 percent.
"As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it's not Zimmerman," Owen says, stressing that he cannot confirm the voice as Trayvon's, because he didn't have a sample of the teen's voice to compare.
Another expert was consulted and came to the very same conclusion. Video has already been released of Zimmerman when he was taken to the police station after the shooting which showed no apparent bruising or bleeding. The funeral director who prepared Trayvon's body said there were no signs of injury that would be consistent with the type of physical altercation Zimmerman claimed.
George Zimmerman has now become a house-hold name sparking debate about race, self-defense, and the controversial "Stand Your Ground Law". On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old, un-armed African-American teen who was returning to his father's gated community from the local 7-11. George has claimed self-defense and was not charged or arrested, which has sparked an international debate and rallies across the nation for his arrest. The controversial law allows you to claim self-defense if you feel "reasonably threatened".
As days pass and the April 10, 2012, grand jury trial approaches, more and more details come out about the night of Trayvon's Killing and what really may have happened. Both people supporting George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin has said the media has rushed to judgment on both sides and have tried to smear each party. A former co-worker of George Zimmerman has come forward and described him as having a 'Jekyll/ Hyde' type personality.
The unidentified man told the New York Daily News:
"Usually he was just a cool guy. He liked to drink and hang with the women like the rest of us'.
He added: 'But it was like Jekyll and Hyde. When the dude snapped, he snapped."
"He had a temper and he became a liability. 'One time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk. George lost his cool and totally overreacted'.
'It was weird, because he was such a cool guy, but he got all nuts. He picked her up and threw her. It was pure rage. She twisted her ankle. Everyone was flipping out".
It is claimed that his hot temper is what led to him being fired as at a security job during this time. The former co-worker says he has since lost touch with Zimmerman.
The New YorkDaily News has also obtained EMS recordings of the night of the shooting that suggest Zimmerman's injuries were not as serious as was reported. He had claimed Trayvon hit him in the nose and then banged his head repeatedly into the concrete. Zimmerman's condition is shortly mentioned by two unidentified dispatchers.
New video of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who killed Trayvon Martin and wasn't charged has been obtained by ABC News. One of George Zimmerman's biggest arguments was that Trayvon started the confrontation between the two and punched him in the nose and repeatedly hit head against the ground. Video of him being taken into custody the night of the shooting doesn't show any blood or bruises.
The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning.
His lawyer later insisted that Zimmerman's nose had been broken in his scuffle with 17-year-old Martin.
In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman's head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.
The case has sparked a national outcry calling for the arrest of Zimmerman. He has been in hiding because of death threats. Trayvon's Martin's girlfriend, who is 16, and only known as DeeDee, was the last person to speak with Trayvon prior to his death. She said Trayvon mentioned someone was following him. At the same time, Zimmerman had called 911 and reported a "suspicious person". He continued speaking with the 911 operator who eventually asked him if he was following the teen and he said "Yes". At some point, a confrontation occurred and in the end, Martin ends up shot dead by Zimmerman.
"When he saw the man behind him again he said this man is going to do something to him. And then he said this man is still behind him and I said run".
Phone records obtained by ABC News show that the girl called Martin at 7:12 p.m., five minutes before police arrived, and remained on the phone with Martin until moments before he was shot.
DeeDee said Martin turned around and asked Zimmerman why he was following him.
"The man said what are you doing around here?" DeeDee recalled Zimmerman saying.
She said she heard someone pushed into the grass before the call was dropped.
Zimmerman, who had called 911, was asked by the dispatcher if he was following the teen. When Zimmerman replied that he was, the dispatcher said, "We don't need you to do that."
Meanwhile, it has come to light that George Zimmerman's father is a former magistrate judge and his mother was a court clerk. His father did an interview with a Fox affiliate and said:
“It’s my understanding that at that point [after his son claimed he lost site of Trayvon] Trayvon Martin walked up to him, asked him, ‘Do you have a – beep – problem?’ George said ‘No, I don’t have a problem.’”He continued, “Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him, in the face, in his nose, hitting his head on the concrete".
He went on to claim that Trayvon spotted his son's gun and he claims Trayvon told his son "You are gonna die tonight" twice.
He was asked about Martin's girlfriends account of what happened and he replied:
“I don't believe she was on the phone with him, and I find it very strange with the publicity involved with this that all of the sudden, after three weeks, someone would remember that they were on the phone. I believe the FBI and others investigating this will find that that did not happen.
A 13-year-old was out walking his dog when the shooting happened and reported hearing yelling and seeing a body lay on the ground. When the gun went off the yelling ceased. The DOJ and FBI are investigating the case now to determine if he can be charged with a hate crime. A grand jury will be convened on April 10, 2012 to determine if charges can be brought.
In a protest for Trayvon Martin,Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), was thrown off the house floor Wednesday afternoon. Rush made a statement by removing his suit jacket and revealing a hoodie. Rush, proceeded to pull the hoodie on his head, remove his glasses, and replace them with sunglasses.
Rush then said, " Just because you wear a hoodie, doesn't make you a hoodlum." He then begin to quote passages from the bible right before Rep. Gregg Harper, (R-MS), who was presiding over the chamber started hammering his gavel. Harper, repeatedly attempted to interrupt Rush, but Rush continued talking in a louder voice. Harper, eventually asked the House Sergeant Arms to escort Rush from the floor due to violation of house rules. Rush yelled, "May God bless Trayvon Martin's soul, his family," before he was escorted off the floor.