Judge weighs bond for Zimmerman
SANFORD, Fla. – A bond hearing took more a tone of a trial Friday when both sides in the Trayvon Martin murder case presented what sounded like opening statements, with the defense quizzing witnesses and trying to poke holes in the prosecution’s evidence.
Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old in February. He is in jail after a judge revoked his $150,000 bond because he ruled Zimmerman and his wife lied about their finances.
He’s asking the same judge to again let him out on bail, and during a second lengthy hearing, Zimmerman’s lawyer sparred with prosecutors over those finances and questioned why his client is in jail at all, arguing that Martin’s actions led to his death. It concluded with the judge saying he would need more time to decide whether to grant bail again.
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