Judge orders Zimmerman back to jail

Michael Geissler

 

A Florida judge ruled Friday that George Zimmerman must surrender to the county sheriff by Sunday afternoon, according to CNN.com.

Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the Trayvon Martin case, lied about how much money he had when the judge decided his bond in April. Zimmerman’s wife said under oath that they had little money when in fact they had $135,000, according to prosecutors.

Before Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ordered him back to court, Zimmerman was planning on living at least a year free while waiting for his trial to begin.

This changed, however, when prosecutors presented jailhouse phone conversations between George and Shelly Zimmerman that led them to discover the couple had $155,000, according to ABC News.

"The defense, through Mrs. Zimmerman, lied to this court about the amount of money that they had," said trial prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. "I don't know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie."

The money came from supporters of Zimmerman through his website to a PayPal account, and Shelly spoke to Zimmerman in code in order to hide the true value of the account.

A second passport of Zimmerman’s was also found by the prosecution and asked that it be surrendered.