A Florida judge this afternoon revoked George Zimmernan’s bond and ordered that the man who killed teenager Trayvon Martin surrender himself to authorities within 48 hours, the Orlando Sentinel writes.
The newspaper says “the decision came after revelations that Zimmerman and his wife may have conspired to lie about thousands of dollars in donations they’d collected before his bond hearing.”
Zimmerman has been free — after posting 10 percent of his $150,000 bail — while awaiting trial for second-degree murder. But prosecutors say he and his wife misled a judge during a bond hearing by not revealing that he had collected more than $200,000 through a PayPal account. That account was set up after the Martin case drew national attention.
Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, was shot and killed on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, has claimed he acted in self defense.
Martin’s family and supporters allege Zimmerman racially profiled the African-American teenager and followed him despite a police dispatcher’s advice not to do that. Zimmerman had called police to report a “suspicious” man in his neighborhood.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said this afternoon that he hopes his client will be able to be released again, CNN reports.