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Judge weighing whether to give Zimmerman bond

By Kyle Hightower

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 09:12 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2012


SANFORD, Fla. >> A judge said today he needed to look at evidence before deciding whether to grant George Zimmerman bond following a sort of mini-trial that featured the defense trying to poke holes in the prosecution's case by calling the neighborhood watch leader's father to testify and playing a chilling 911 call from the night Trayvon Martin was fatally shot.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester did not indicate when he might make a decision. He revoked Zimmerman's bond earlier this month when prosecutors told the judge Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had during the April bond hearing.

Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing, and Zimmerman and his wife did not mention the money then.

Zimmerman's attorney briefly considered calling his client to the stand, but ultimately decided against it.

Much of the bond hearing focused on the donations raised through a PayPal account and how it was repeatedly transferred between bank accounts Zimmerman and his wife controlled.

"It was done to hide the money so they could deceive the court, lie to the court. Mrs. Zimmerman lied to the court and this defendant just sat there and let it happen," prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said.

Zimmerman's attorney attempted to show there was no effort to hide the money from the judge.

"It is not the grand conspiracy the state seems to suggest," attorney Mark O'Mara said.






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