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Zimmerman back in jail, attorney seeks new hearing

After his bond was revoked, George Zimmerman, right, returns to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Fla., Sunday, June 3, 2012. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joshua C. Cruey, Pool)

After his bond was revoked, George Zimmerman, right, returns to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Fla., Sunday, June 3, 2012. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joshua C. Cruey, Pool)

MIAMI (AP) — George Zimmerman's attorney says he expects to file a motion Monday seeking a new bond hearing for Trayvon Martin's shooter, who surrendered to authorities in central Florida after a judge revoked his bond.

Wearing a button-down checkered shirt, blue jeans and sneakers, a handcuffed Zimmerman was escorted by two deputy sheriffs from a white minivan into the Seminole County jail Sunday afternoon. He did not answer shouted questions from reporters as he was led inside the jail to be booked, photographed and processed.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting February of Martin in a gated community in Sanford, outside Orlando. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defense.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara carefully chose his words in addressing his next move before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester, who on Friday said he believed Zimmerman and his wife had lied to the court in April about their finances to obtain a lower bond.

"He is in custody now," O'Mara said of Zimmerman, 28. "He's going to remain there until we get back before Judge Lester if and when he grants us a bond hearing. It sounded like he might consider it. But that is going to be based upon the motion itself."

O'Mara went on to say Sunday that he thinks the defense "explanation, or apology if it is, should go directly to the person who deserves it, in this case that is Judge Lester."

"Again, (we are) just hoping that the judge will give us an audience so we can further explain away why what happened seems to have happened," O'Mara said.

The judge on Friday gave Zimmerman two days to surrender, and about 40 minutes before the 2:30 p.m. Sunday deadline, the Seminole County jail website listed Zimmerman as an inmate. He was being held without bail and had $500 in his jail account, the website showed. A new booking photo showed a clean-shaven Zimmerman, with a fuller head of hair than the crew cut he sported in his April booking photo.

Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger said Zimmerman turned himself in to two sheriff's deputies around 1:25 p.m. near the jail, and was then driven there.

"He is quiet and cooperative," Eslinger said at a news conference after Zimmerman's surrender.

The sheriff's office said Zimmerman would be in a cell by himself, separated from the general population, because the case is so high-profile. Zimmerman will not have access to a TV.

Prosecutors said last week that 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 set up for his legal defense. They suggested more has been collected since and deposited in a bank account. Defense attorneys say the matter is a misunderstanding.

Zimmerman, who was charged in April in the death of the 17-year-old Martin, was ordered by a judge Friday to return to jail. Zimmerman had been staying at an undisclosed location for his safety.

The judge said Friday he would schedule a hearing after Zimmerman was back in custody so he could explain himself.

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confusedCITIZEN 1 year, 10 months ago

I guess raising so much money for him actually screwed him over.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU SEND HIM?

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Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

In Albany, thieves posing as teachers get caught and go free. In Florida, a man who defended himself from a thug is cuffed. The nation has gone mad.

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Outtahere 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm hoping factual details to this case will finally become public knowledge soon!

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Well new photos submitted showed Zimmerman with a wound on the back of his head, so that dispells all the talk that there were no wounds on his head. Also I heard Martin had Marijuana in his system. So once again, I say Zimmerman was in the wrong following him, but Marttin was not the innocent little angel people portrayed him to be.

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rorschach 1 year, 10 months ago

Yeah, you know how marijuana makes you behave. Apparently just a small amount in your bloodstream will make you want to inexplicably go pick a fight with someone you don't know while you're walking in a strange neighborhood talking on the cellphone. It's almost as dangerous as tamazapan, the drug Zimmerman was on, which is known to cause aggressivenes and hallucinationions. Concerning the cut on Zimmerman's head; if Trayvon were my son, I would hope that he at least got a chance to fight for his life before it was taken from him.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

I didn't say the weed caused Martin to want to pick a fight, just saying he wasn't the innocent little angel people portray him to be, however Zimmerman wasn't a perfect model citizen himself. If it's true that Martin attacked Zimmerman, and if he hadn't of attack Zimmerman perhaps he wouldn't have had to worry about fighting for his life. One way or the other I feel both parties are partly guilty.

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rorschach 1 year, 10 months ago

Trayvon, like hundreds, perhaps thousands of high school kids across the country was suspended from school for marijuana. In this case there was residue in his bookbag. There was also evidence that he might have within the last 24 hrs. been high (I.G. Trace amount of THC in blood).With all that being said, it is highly unlikely that a teenager in a strange neighborhood would for some reson attack some guy he sees coming from the store. If he wanted to fight someone, why Zimmerman? Was Zimmerman the first person he saw coming from the store? What made him attack Zimmerman? If he was suspended for fighting , I could see how that whole suspension thing could be relavent. But nothing that has been reported about his past would lead me to believe that Trayvon Martin had a propensity for violence. On the other hand, a close examination of Zimmerman's past reveal some evidence that certainly raises a red flag here and there. You couple that with his prescription medication, then you have some serious issues to overcome. The media did mislead us with those earlier photos of Trayvon Martin. But that was for their own benefit. The facts still remain that evidence ( I.E carrying weapon; disobeying dispatcher) regarding the personality of George Zimmerman lead me to believe that he was more resposible for the altercation taking place than was Trayvon Martin.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

You still don't get it, Martin was not the sweet innocent little darling angel that misinformed people all over the country portray him to be. I still think both parties were guilty in the incident.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

You still don't get it, Martin was not the sweet innocent little darling angel that misinformed people all over the country portray him to be. I still think both parties were guilty in the incident.

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rorschach 1 year, 10 months ago

If you had read my entire post you would have seen the reference I made to the media's initial portrayal of Trayvon's age. I don't know how people all over the country were affected by the photos but my proplem is not with the way Trayvon looked. 17 year olds have the same rights to protection under our laws as 13 year olds.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree with you on that, I try to go with the attitude that you be nice to me, I'll be nice to you, no matter what race you are. People are not bad people based solely on how they look, juist like people are not good people based solely on how they look. it's what's inside that counts. I may make some comments people don't like, but deep inside I like people for who they are as long as they are friendly people.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

If Zimmerman lied to the judge about a passport and his money....what else did he lie about????? I'm sure the prosecution is going to have a field day with this one!!!

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Hawk59 1 year, 10 months ago

Zimmerman back in jail? GOOD, he should have never left in the first place. At least now we know he is a lying MURDERER. His CREDIBILITY is ZERO. Freakin scary a-- liar, so what he has bruises on that big a-- head. He should have not been following this kid in the first place. And if Trayvon were my son, he would have shot that scary a-- first. I always told all of my boys that I would rather visit them in JAIL, instead of the GRAVEYARD!

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

That would be interesting, then your son would be in jail for murder. What a poor excuse of a father you are. No wonder there are so many thugs walking the streets. For your attitude alone, you should be put in jail for everybody else's safety.

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Hawk59 1 year, 10 months ago

Sally_O, Your comments prove to me some of the problems of our society. Although you don't know me, you are quick to JUDGE me. Those boys I mentioned, two have college degree's, and one still attends USF. We raised them in the GHETTO as you would call it, but they and many other children in our neighborhood went on to become decent citizens. Example; Deion Sanders, Nod Washington( PLIES), Jayvon Kearse, Anthony Henry, Phillip Buchannon , Nate Allen, and Earnest Graham to name a few all grew up in our neighborhood. And this poor excuse of a father you mentioned co-owns a small moving company. I work hard to provide for my family and have never taken handouts,which in itself is not the norm for black families, according to some of you. And believe me I am not the only one who teach their black boys to protect themselves. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME!

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

She doesn't have to know you, your comments said it all. You said if it was your son, Zimmerman would be dead, which would be murder. That is what you teach your kids? You said it, don't accuse Sally_O of misjudging you.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

By your logic it would be justifiable to shoot and kill someone for following you, but unjustifiable to shoot someone who just attacked you from behind. Yeah that makes a lot of sense. You are talking out of both sides of you mouth. You condemn Zimmerman for defending himself, yet at the same time you teach your boys to defend themselves. Why was it not okay for Zimmerman to defend himself, if indeed he was defending himself? Don't answer because I know what you are going to say, you are going to say Martin didn't do anything, but once again you condemn Sally_O for misjudging you, but at the same time, you was not there so you don't know what really happened, just like I don't know what really happened.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Nice response Hawk!!! Keep kicking their butt when they say dumb stuff!!

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

Nobody says dumber stuff than you do.

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Outtahere 1 year, 10 months ago

Somebody does say dumber stuff - you do!!!

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

He should have been arrested within 2 days of the murder.....thats the real crime

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

The real crime was when Martin attacked Zimmerman from behind.

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URWrongAgain 1 year, 10 months ago

Your assumption is that Zimmerman bears no responsibility for wrongly assuming that Martin was up to no good (he was just on his way back to his father's home), but that Martin DOES bear responsibility because he should have assumed AFTER BEING CHASED by Zimmerman that he (Zimmerman) meant no harm. I guess because Martin stood HIS ground, he is just a thug.

Maybe in some worlds that logic works, but it's wrong.

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Outtahere 1 year, 10 months ago

Sally: Since you know so much maybe the defense should call you in and let you be a star witness!

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

If Trayvon was my son, and kicked out of school for a third violation of drugs, he would not be walking the streets, much less with a cell phone. All of his little funsies would be gone and he would be under house arrest. Of course he probably learned to do the drugs at home. Most kids do. So don't nominate him for sainthood. Ain't gonna happen and I predict Zimmerman will be set free. Just will take a while. Same as Casey Anthony. If you try them at a charge too high, they will walk. Involuntary manslaughter will be the highest he can get and that is easily probation.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

I want Zimmerman to go free and face the WORLD!!!!

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Educated_Reader 1 year, 10 months ago

Zimmerman should stay in jail until his trial, point blank period.... Let his innocent until found guilty behind stare at bars.

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