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Florida judge revokes bail for Trayvon Martin's killer

posted 1 Jun 2012, 14:25 by Mpelembe   [ updated 1 Jun 2012, 16:45 ]

George Zimmerman expected back in jail in 48 hours after Florida judge revokes his bail.

SANFORD, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 1, 2012) (NBC) - A Florida judge on Friday (June 1) revoked bail for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for killing unarmed

black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., granting a motion from prosecutors that Zimmerman's bond be revoked, gave him 48 hours to surrender to the Seminole County Sheriff.

The judge's order, cancelling Zimmerman's release from behind bars on a 150,000 U.S. dollar bond in April, came after prosecutors accused Zimmerman and his wife of lying to the court about their finances and the status of Zimmerman's passport.

The order was a surprising twist in a murder case that has riveted the United States and sparked widespread debate over guns, self-defense laws and U.S. race relations.

Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, said after the hearing that he would request another bond hearing for Zimmerman after he complies with the order to turn himself in.

"I understand the state's position on it. I disagree with it. That's what adversaries do. I think we'll get it figured out. I think again Judge Lester was concerned with whether or not they were being as straight-forward as he wanted them to and I think he wants them to come in person and explain that to him. We'll certainly give them and the court that opportunity," O'Mara said.

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Martin as he walked through a gated community in Sanford, Florida, near Orlando, on Feb. 26.

Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, citing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, but the special prosecutor who was subsequently appointed charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty.