George Zimmerman is back in court Friday for another bail hearing. Prosecutors may ask for a $1 million bond after Zimmerman lied about his assets at the last bail hearing.
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The judge who threw George Zimmerman back in jail four weeks ago, stopping just short of calling him and his wife liars, will listen again Friday to Zimmerman’s plea to be freed.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. is expected to say yes, but it’s not clear how much bail he’ll ask Zimmerman to post. Last time, the judge set bail at $150,000 but that was before he learned about an online fundraising campaign raking in $1,000 a day.
Friday’s hearing will likely be far different from the one April 20 at which Lester first said yes to Zimmerman’s release.
Back then, the prime witnesses were Zimmerman’s family: his wife, father and mother, who testified by phone.
What his wife said that day ultimately led to her arrest earlier this month on a perjury charge that’s pending.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey alleges that Shellie Zimmerman, 25, lied when she told the judge she and her husband were broke. The day she testified, according to records Corey produced last week, Shellie Zimmerman had $57,000 in her personal bank account.
Shellie Zimmerman is not on Friday’s witness list. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara has indicated he’ll call two witnesses, both bail bondsmen.
George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford in what has become one of the most prominent civil-rights criminal cases in the country. Zimmerman, 28, says he acted in self-defense.
Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, plan to be at Friday’s hearing.
“We’re waiting to see if Zimmerman might take the stand,” their attorney Benjamin Crump said Thursday. “It’ll be an interesting day tomorrow.”
Martin’s parents were at Zimmerman’s first bond hearing and listened stone-faced when he took the witness stand and issued a short, emotionless apology to them.