George Zimmerman will get yet another opportunity to be released from jail, pending the start of his second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. The accused killer’s lawyer, Mike O’Mara, abandoned his client’s bid for freedom earlier this week, but it appears that he is ready to prove that his client is not a flight risk and should therefore be afforded bond.
The new hearing will begin later this month.
Zimmerman was ordered back into police custody late last week after Judge Kenneth Lester concluded that both he and his wife deceived the court when they claimed to have been broke, despite having $135,000 in their bank account. A phone conversation between the couple, revealed that they may have been speaking in code. Zimmerman also applied for a second passport, yet never informed authorities.
Ever since he shot and killed Martin, a move which he claims was self-defense, the public has questioned whether or not race played a part in his the Sanford Police Department’s decision not to press charges against the 28-year-old. Police surveillance also showed that the former neighborhood watch volunteer received special treatment, and was allowed to walk around the facility without an escort.
For now, Zimmerman will sit in jail until his upcoming hearing, which is scheduled for June 29.
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