The judge in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in February, will decide Thursday if the 28-year-old will be freed on bond for a second time.
Judge Kenneth Lester made the announcement in a Seminole County courtroom Tuesday, saying his decision on whether he will reinstate Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond, which was revoked last month. Zimmerman was returned to jail June 1st after prosecutors revealed that he and his wife, Shellie, had misled the court about nearly $150,000 Zimmerman had raised from supporters on his website.
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At a second bond hearing last Friday, Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, requested “reasonable” bond — meaning the reinstatement of the original bond amount set in April — by presenting evidence of what he called the prosecution’s weak case. Prosecutors contend that Zimmerman and his wife’s lies to the court, and the seriousness of the crime mean he should be “maintained in a no-bond status,) which means Zimmerman could be forced to await trial inside a jail cell.
Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder.