George Zimmerman is preparing to surrender himself to the Seminole County Sheriff this afternoon, according to his lawyer. It’s back to jail for the man who has been charged with the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
On Friday a judge revoked Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond, posted in April while he was awaiting trial, after prosecutors accused him of withholding one of two valid passports and said his wife did not tell the court about money donated for his legal defense.
Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. gave 28-year-old Zimmerman 48 hours to surrender to the Seminole County Sheriff.
Zimmerman returned to Central Florida from an undisclosed location, arriving late Saturday evening, his lawyer, Mark O’Mara, announced in an online statement.
“The defense team has coordinated with the Sanford Police Department to ensure Mr. Zimmerman’s security when he turns himself in before today’s 2:30 PM (1830 GMT) deadline,” the statement added…
O’Mara told Reuters after Friday’s hearing that he would request another bond hearing after Zimmerman surrenders to authorities. In the latest statement O’Mara said he hoped his client’s voluntary surrender “will help demonstrate to the court that he is not a flight risk.”
George Zimmerman has turned himself in to Florida authories in Seminole County.
The Washington Post reports:
On Sunday afternoon, about 40 minutes before the 2:30 p.m. deadline to surrender, Zimmerman was listed as an inmate on the jail website. He was listed as being held without bail and having $500 in his jail account.
Prosecutors had said Zimmerman and his wife told the judge at a bond hearing in April that they had limited money, even though he had raised about $135,000 through a website. Defense attorneys said the matter was a misunderstanding.
Furthermore, the Tampa Bay Times has conducted an investigation into Florida’s “Stand your ground” law and its intersection with race, reporting: