(CNN) — George Zimmerman’s lawyers have vowed to file a motion asking a Florida judge for a new bond hearing for their client Monday, a day after the murder suspect returned to jail on a judge’s order.
The 28-year-old Florida man accused in the death of Trayvon Martin had been free on bond for weeks until Sunday afternoon, when he turned himself in to authorities in Seminole County, Florida.
Zimmerman become a focus of intense national attention earlier this year, after he fatally shot the unarmed African-American teenager who had gone out to buy a bag of Skittles and Arizona iced tea at a 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida.
The neighborhood watch volunteer said the February 26 shooting was in self-defense. Martin’s family and civil rights activists from around the nation said that Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, racially profiled the 17-year-old and ignored a 911 dispatcher’s request not to follow him.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Martin’s family, told CNN on Monday the youth’s parents are “relieved that the killer of their unarmed, teenage son is back in jail. They have always wanted him to stay in custody until the trial.”
In April, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder after the case was referred to a state attorney for a review. He was released from custody later that month after posting bail.
But on Friday, Seminole County Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered Zimmerman back to jail, accusing the suspect of not being truthful about how much money he had access to when his bond was set months earlier.
At the time, his wife told the court under oath that the family was indigent. But prosecutors alleged that Zimmerman had $135,000.
“While Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges that he allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court, the defense will emphasize that in all other regards, Mr. Zimmerman has been forthright and cooperative,” Zimmerman’s defense team said on its website, GZLegalcase.com, on Monday. His actions, including giving voluntary statements to police and twice surrendering himself to police when told to do so, should demonstrate that he is not a flight risk, attorneys said. READ MORE http://www.cnn.com/
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