A judge has revoked the bond for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin. The judge says Zimmerman misled the court about how much money he and his wife had available when his bond was set at $150,000.
"He can't sit back and obtain the benefit of a lower bond based upon those material falsehoods," said Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester when he made his ruling.
Prosecutors say Zimmerman had $135,000 available, but his wife, Shellie, testified at the bond hearing saying they had limited funds available because Zimmerman wasn’t working and she was a nursing student.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said the fact that Zimmerman and his wife never used the money for anything indicated "there was no deceit." Since his release in late April, Zimmerman has been staying at an undisclosed location for his safety.
Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara said outside the court that he doesn’t understand why the question of any undisclosed funds might have prompted the revoking of bail.
“I think Judge Lester run a very tight courtroom, as well he should, and he was frustrated because he doesn’t think that they were being as straightforward and honest as he thought they should,” he says.
Prosecutors also accuse Zimmerman of holding a second US passport that he did not surrender to the court.
Judge Lester gave Zimmerman 48 hours to turn himself in to the Seminole County Sheriff. He says he will schedule once Zimmerman turns himself in to allow the accused to explain himself.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder and claims self-defense.