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On Monday, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida county jail on $150,000 bail in the second-degree murder of teenager Trayvon Martin. His family put up 10 percent to secure his release as it was claimed he didn’t have the funds.
However, it has now come to light that his website, which he begun before turning himself in, has amassed $204,000 in donations.
The judge today said he would delay ruling on the request, in part because he does not know if he has authority to say how the money can be used.
Here are the latest developments that have our blood boiling.
The prosecution in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman asked a Florida judge Friday to raise Zimmerman’s bond in light of recent revelations that a website for his defense raised more than $200,000.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said he wants to know more about the money before he decides whether to adjust the bond. The judge said he will make a decision at a later date.
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara revealed Thursday night that his client’s website had raised about $204,000 in donations, adding that the money has been placed in an account that can’t be accessed directly by Zimmerman or his family.
“He asked me what to do with his PayPal accounts, and I asked him what he was talking about,” O’Maratold CNN in an interview on Thursday. “He said those were the accounts that had the money from the website he had. And there was about … $204,000 that had come in to date.”
O’Mara told the judge about the money at a hearing Friday. The hearing was previously scheduled to discuss whether Zimmerman’s file should be made public. Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
O’Mara told the judge the money is currently in a trust fund that he controls and Zimmerman cannot access.
The website, which was created before Zimmerman turned himself in, has been shut down by O’Mara, who told the court he was not aware of the money it had raised when he spoke at Zimmerman’s bond hearing last week. The site included pictures, quotes and a page asking for donations via PayPal.
Zimmerman, 28, the former neighborhood watch volunteer, was released early Monday from a Florida county jail on $150,000 bail. His family put up 10 percent to secure his release.
Martin’s family was distressed to hear Zimmerman had raised so much money, considering the bond was set by the judge based on his family’s limited wealth, their attorney said.
“They tried to portray themselves as indigent that they did not have any money,” Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said, according to CNN.
“We think that the court should revoke his bond immediately and he should be held accountable for misleading the court,” he added.
At the bond hearing last week, Zimmerman’s wife told the court she did not know how much money the website had collected in donations, adding that her brother-in-law helped set it up. She said the family is “trying to scrape up anything that we possibly can.”
According to CNN, O’Mara said Zimmerman’s defense costs could reach $1 million.
“You can really go through a lot of money on a case like this, with the intensity of it,” he said.
At the hearing Friday, the judge said he wouldn’t place a gag order on Zimmerman’s attorney, denying prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda’s request. The prosecutor had complained to the court that O’Mara had been talking about the facts of the case to the media.
Zimmerman says Martin attacked him and he shot in self-defense. He was not charged for more than six weeks, sparking national protests. Martin was black; Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother is Hispanic.
In the dark of the night, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida prison on $150,000 bail as he awaits his fate in the charge of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Without the fanfare that has surrounded the case so far, Zimmerman was set free without incident at midnight Sunday.
The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a paper bag. He walked out following another man and didn’t look over at photographers gathered outside. He then followed the man into a white BMW vehicle and drove away.
According to reports coming from outside the jail. moments before he was released, two Seminole County sheriff’s vehicles blocked access to the intake building parking lot where Zimmerman was being released. Zimmerman emerged after two public information officers confirmed the credentials of the photographers outside. No questions were shouted at Zimmerman, and he gave no statement.
He is now said to be at a undisclosed location, which is being kept a secret for fear of vigilante attacks.
It is believed that Zimmerman had to put up 10 percent, or $15,000, to make bail. His father had indicated he might take out a second mortgage.
His ultimate destination is being kept secret for his safety and it could be outside Florida.
Under the terms of his bail, Zimmerman cannot have any guns and must observe a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. He also had to surrendered his passport.
Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot Martin, 17, Feb. 26 inside the gated community where Zimmerman lived during an altercation.
After the stunning turn of events that saw him turn himself in yesterday, George Zimmerman today made his first court appearance in Thursday in Sanford, Fla.
Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, was ordered to be held pending formal arraignment.
Judge Mark E. Herr, appearing via closed-circuit TV link, set arraignment on the charge for May 29 in Circuit Court and referred all matters, including a plea and bail, to the higher jurisdiction.
Zimmerman, who was sporting a beard and mustache, showed no emotion as he answered “yes sir” to routine questions.
He did not enter a plea and his attorney did not request bond. His formal arraignment is scheduled for May 29.
“He is concerned about getting a fair trial and a fair presentation,” his attorney, Mark O’Mara told a television show. “He is a client who has a lot of hatred focused on him. I’m hoping the hatred settles down … he has the right to his own safety and the case being tried before a judge and jury.”
Speaking Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show, O’Mara said Zimmerman is stressed and very tired.
It also is being reported that Zimmerman was so upset last night, he was weeping for part of the night in his cell.
There was no sign of scarring on the back of his head and the booking photo shows no indication that his nose had been broken in his confrontation with Martin, as Zimmerman’s former legal team had claimed.
It is the case that has captured a nation, and divided one on racial undertones. Today, everything came to a head when George Zimmerman turned himself into police for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
State Attorney Angela Corey announced today, that Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder and he could face a life in prison if convicted
The announcement means Corey doesn’t buy Zimmerman’s claim that he shot the teen in self-defense and instead knowingly killed him with a “depraved mind”.
Corey opened her speech by discussing her first meeting with Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.
She said: “It was less than three weeks ago that we told these sweet parents that we would get answers to their questions no matter where those answers would lead”.
While Corey refused to reveal where Zimmerman is being held, ABC News quickly reported that he is being held at the Orange County Jail.
And what does the future hold for Zimmerman? Watch this clip to find out….
A letter written by Zimmerman himself is the first thing on the homepage, and it explains how the 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain has been living after the shooting of the teen.
Here’s Zimmerman’s letter:
I am the real George Zimmerman,
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage.
As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.
It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my “Defense Fund” or “Legal Fund”.
I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.
I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment.
I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.
If the site, is the work of Zimmerman, it is bound to incite more anger in those calling for justice for Trayvon and for Zimmerman’s arrest.
In other developments, police in Sanford, Florida are looking into reports of gunfire just outside the gated community where Martin was killed.
Officers said a vehicle was shot at across from the neighborhood about 4:30 a.m.
And, famed comedian has weighed in on the shooting, telling the Washington Times that neighborhood watch volunteers like George Zimmerman, who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager, should not be allowed to carry guns.
“We’ve got to get the gun out of the hands of people who are supposed to be on neighborhood watch,” Cosby said in his first public remarks about the case, published today.
According to statement released today by State Attorney Angela Corey, who is handling the controversial case of the death of Trayvon Martin, a grand jury will not decide the fate of George Zimmerman and whether he will be charged for shooting the teen.
The special prosecutor, who was appointed by Florida Gov Rick Scott, insists that she simply does not need the grand jury, which has the power to force witnesses to testify.
According to a report by CBS News, the statement said that the decision “should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case.”
Monday’s statement said that the investigation continues, and declined further comment.
The decision to press charges now rests solely with Corey, whose reputation was to not present cases before grand juries if not required under state law. (In Florida grand juries are only required in cases of first-degree murder.)
In a statement, an attorney for the Martin family said it was “not surprised” by the announcement, but remained hopeful that a decision to arrest George Zimmerman will be reached soon.
”The family has been patient throughout this process and asks that those who support them do the same during this very important investigation,” said attorney Benjamin Crump.”
Zimmerman, 28, has not been arrested in the 17-year-old’s death, claiming self defense.
But the big question remains: Is this a good or a bad move, and will justice prevail?
Thousands joined a march through the streets of Sanford, Florida, yesterday to protest for an arrest in the death of Trayvon Martin. It was the town in which the shocking killing took place, and the townsfolk are calling for justice and for charges to be made against the 17-year-old’s killer, George Zimmerman.
Carrying signs and chanting “Justice for Trayvon,” protestors, some with their children, walked to the Sanford Police Department from a local high school that served black students during the segregation era.The march was organized by the NAACP was one of several taking place over the weekend.
Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous were among the supporters demanding Zimmerman’s arrest Sanford, Florida.
“This is not about a hoodie, it’s about racial profiling,” Jesse Jackson told the gathered crowd. “We will use our marching feet, civil disobedience and every weapon in in our non-violent arsenal until justice is served.”
Whilst, Rev. Al Sharpton added ”We live in the middle of an American paradox,” Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowd. “We can put a black man in the White House but we cannot walk a black child through a gated neighborhood. We are not selling out, bowing out or backing down until there is justice for Trayvon.”
After a week where it emerged that George Zimmerman appeared to have no cuts or injuries, today, protesters begun marching in the Florida town where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. The protest follows similar marches in various cities in America. The killing has become a melting pot of controversy, and today a thousand people carrying signs and wearing T-shirts with the teen’s image were marching to the Sanford Police Department . The Rev.Al Sharpton is scheduled to speak when they arrive.
The excitement over the biggest lottery in American history brought out mega crows. This image captures hundreds of Mega Millions customers waiting in a line to purchase their tickets to Friday night’s $640 million estimated jackpot at the Primm Valley Lotto Store just inside the California and Nevada state line. As of 10:30 a.m yesterday, estimated wait-time to purchase tickets at the store had exceeded five hours.
There was not one, but three winners, who will receive a whopping $154m each as a lump sum.
Jessica Simpson revealed that she has piled on 40 pounds during her first pregnancy, and is looking to get back into shape after she gives birth. But as The Nutrition Twins write, Jessica has a tough task ahead.
One of the strangest sightings this week came when Batman was stopped by Montgomery County officers on Wednesday, March 21, on southbound Route 29 at Prelude Drive, Silver Spring, for no tags on Batmobile.
We know she’s a busy mom, but with all of Katie Holmes money, one would think that she would never leave the house looking like this! Earlier this week, Mrs. Tom Cruise was spotted rushing out to breakfast in this ghastly attire with her hair wet, and badly applied make up. Speaking of Katie, her ex Chris Klein has revealed that their relationship “ended as amicably as these things can end”.
From one disheveled starlet to another. Christina was photographed court side in LA this week, and we just can’t get past staring at her face and wondering if perhaps, she has had some work done. She certainly looks different these days.
The man who garnered a lot of column inches this week was Clayton Frederick Osbon, the captain who went berserk mid-flight on a JetBlue plane.
The 49-year-old left passengers horrified when he began running up and down the aisle shouting ”Iraq, al-Qaeda, terrorism, we’re all going down.”
He also proved that not only do we have to fear the other aspects when we fly, but we also now, have to worry about the crew. Flying just got thismuchworse.
And, an adorable photo to end things with. Pete Wentz and his son Bronx were photographed at Castle park. The tot looked so cute with his neon yellow glasses. Unlike other celebrity offspring, namely Suri Cruise, who seems to be constantly crying, young Bronx has a spring in his step and a smile that could melt even the most hardened of hearts.
And, here’s the weekend’s blind item….can you guess who it is?
(NationalEnquirer) Which one of the “True Blood” hunks gets a huge kick out of working out at a West Hollywood gym in front of its mostly gay clientele? The gorgeous star says he’s straight, but he enjoys flirting and flexing his muscles for the appreciative boys SO much that tongues have been wagging!