Judge scolds George Zimmerman in order revoking bond

Order released explains why Zimmerman was brought back to jail

Published On: Jun 12 2012 02:47:36 PM EDT
George Zimmerman June mugshot
SANFORD, Fla. -

Judge Kenneth Lester has filed a written order explaining why he revoked the bond for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Lester revoked Zimmerman's $150,000  bond at a media hearing on June 1, after prosecutors claimed he and his wife, Shellie, deceived the court during an April bond hearing.

At the hearing, Shellie Zimmerman testified that the couple had limited funds for bail because she was a full-time student and her husband wasn't working. Prosecutors say Zimmerman actually had raised $135,000 in donations from a website he created.

In his order, Lester said recorded conversations between Zimmerman and his wife at the jail "support its assertions of deception." Lester says prosecutors noted they "spoke in code to make it sound like they were talking about negligible sums of money."

Lester also says Zimmerman's unreported passport was avoided during their testimony.

"It is apparent that Shelly Zimmerman testified untruthfully at the bond hearing. The Defendant also testified but did not alert the Court to the misinformation," Lester wrote. "Most importantly though, is the fact that he has now demonstrated that he doesn't properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process."

A second bond hearing has been scheduled for June 29 at 9:30 a.m. by Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin during a confrontation in a Sanford gated community where Zimmerman lived. He's pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.