George Zimmerman is once again in police custody after a judge revoked his $150,000 bail in the controversial Trayvon Martin case.
On Friday, Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman’s bail because he believed he wasn’t being honest with the court about his finances.
According to the Huffington Post, the former neighborhood watch volunteer turned himself in to Seminole County Police on Sunday, shortly before his deadline to surrender expired.
Zimmerman’s legal team said in a tweet that he was in police custody. Zimmerman’s bail was revoked because the judge said he and his wife lied to the court about their finances so he could obtain a lower bond.
On Sunday afternoon, about 40 minutes before the 2:30 p.m. deadline to surrender, Zimmerman was listed as an inmate on the jail website. He was listed as being held without bail and having $500 in his jail account.
Prosecutors had said Zimmerman and his wife told the judge at a bond hearing in April that they had limited money, even though he had raised about $135,000 through a website. Defense attorneys said the matter was a misunderstanding.
During Friday’s hearing, Zimmerman and his wife’s finances were called into question by prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda who said, “This court was led to believe they didn’t have a single penny. It was misleading and I don’t know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie.”
Zimmerman’s attorneys say he and his wife haven’t used the collected money and therefore, haven’t deceived the court. The defense plans to schedule another court hearing so that he can explain himself and bond can be set again.
But Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, have maintained that they want Zimmerman to remain in prison until the trial begins.