George Zimmerman has just hours left as a free man after a judge revoks George Zimmerman's bond and he has 48 hours to turn himself in.
In a motion heard in court Friday, the State Attorney’s Office said Zimmerman had two passports, but only surrendered one, and had more money than originally thought.
Judge Kenneth Lester made the decision after hearing arguments from both sides.
Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda said George Zimmerman's wife, Shelly, lied to the court. The motion lists transcripts of phone conversations between Zimmerman and his wife from jail in which they talked about his passport and financial circumstances.
“Mr. Zimmerman can’t sit back, as I used again the euphemism, a potted palm, and let his wife testify falsely before the court when he knew well in advance of that hearing the amounts of money in controversy, nor can he allow his attorney to stand up and make misrepresentations, not by your fault whatsoever Mr. O’mara, said Judge Lester as he gave his ruling. “You were completely candid and honest with the court as you’ve always been, and he can’t sit back and obtain the benefit of a lower bond for circumstances based upon those material falsehoods. That’s what they were. So at this time, revoke his bond and place him on no bond status. I find that good cause exists based upon the material misrepresentations that the court relied upon. I order him to surrender himself in 48 hours to the sheriff of Seminole County.”
Zimmerman has 48 hours to return to jail. He has been free since April 23, when he left the Seminole County jail shortly after midnight. Three days earlier, his bond was set at $150,000.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said in an anouncement Friday evening that they know where Zimmerman is and will be in constant contact with him.
After the hearing, attorneys for both sides and the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family spoke to the media.
While Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara hopes to have his client's bond reinstated, the Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, called this a major decision in the case.
"The most important thing is this entire case, remember, it is only George Zimmerman's testimony that says Trayvon Martin attacked him. All the other objective evidence suggests that George Zimmerman pursued and confronted Trayvon Martin. Therefore, that's why this is such an important ruling today. The credibility is the issue and we think it's the most important ruling so far in this entire case," said Crump.
"The revocation of bond, I hope, is temporary. I hope that they will give us a day in court to explain George's behavior and look at all the circumstances, even the discovery that's come out today and determining what he's going to do about letting him back on bond," said O'Mara.
It's also possible the Zimmerman's could face more legal troube.
"I'm surprised that the state did not file, or what I thought they were going to file, but I assume they can file it in the future if they deem for it to be necessary as far as what actions are going to proceed against Mrs. Zimmerman under this particular situation, because there's no doubt in the court's mind that she's aware of what transpired," said Judge Lester.
For now, all eyes remain fixed on the Seminole County Jail.
Will judge unseal evidence?
Lester has somewhat steered clear of the issue in the past. He has left a lot of the decision-making up to the attorneys, and has said he would step in only if counsel could not come to some sort of agreement.
More than a dozen news outlets are seeking the names and addresses of witnesses, crime scene photos, statements made by George Zimmerman and phone records as it relates to the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
News 13 and Bay News 9 are not participating in these motions.
Both prosecutors and the defense are trying to keep much of that evidence out of the public eye, and are asking the judge to keep that evidence sealed.
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said he is trying to preserve the judicial process by keeping potentially inflammatory information under wraps until Zimmerman's eventual trial.
The Florida state Attorney's Office argued the release of the information would potentially poison the jury pool in Seminole County, much like we saw argued during the Casey Anthony murder trial. The jury in that case was ultimately selected in Pinellas County instead of Orange County.
New attorney joining Zimmerman's defense?
George Zimmerman's defense team may be growing.
According to published reports, longtime Orlando-area defense attorney Don West will be formally announced Friday as the newest legal ace for the defense.
West is reportedly friends with O'Mara. His latest job was with the federal public defender's office in Orlando, but he has apparently left there to take on the Zimmerman case.
West recently represented political consultant Doug Guetzloe, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison in May for failing to file his taxes two years in a row.