Zimmerman bail revoked in shooting case

2012-06-01 22:38
Miami - A Florida judge revoked the bail bond of George Zimmerman, the man charged with killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, and ordered him to surrender within 48 hours, US media reports said on Friday.

Prosecutors had filed a motion urging the bond to be revoked and accusing Zimmerman of deceiving the court about his finances and about holding a second passport, obtained two weeks after the February 26 shooting, ABC News said.

"The court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny," the broadcaster quoted prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda as saying.

"If this [the money] wasn't relevant to bond then why did they lie about it? I don't know what other words to use besides that it was a blatant lie."

Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder months after Martin's death in Sanford, Florida.

Judge Kenneth Lester at the Friday hearing said Zimmerman had engaged in a "material falsehood" about his finances in the run-up to his bail hearing in April, the MSNBC network reported.

The Martin case set off a wave of protests because police initially refused to take legal action against Zimmerman, 28, accepting his assertion that he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.

In the wake of the protests, Zimmerman was arrested on 11 April and released on bail 23 April. Since then, he has been living at an undisclosed location, amid preliminary hearings and a continuing state investigation.

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