George Zimmerman will remain free - for now. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. said he's not going to make a decision about bond until he has all the facts regarding the PayPal accounts and donation lists that have been given to Zimmerman.
Last night it was revealed through Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, that that his client received $204,000 in donations through his website, the realgeorgezimmerman.com, which has now been shut down. Today prosecutors wanted the bon raised, but was denied.
Today’s hearing focused on a couple things. First, special Prosecutor Angela Corey wanted the judge to slap a gag order on O'Mara, but the judge decided against it, opting to let O’Mara continue to serve his client.
As for the media, Lester didn’t think media's access threatens judicial process and decided that he will not budge on media's access to info about security arrangements.
As for the funds that Zimmerman has collected, O’Mara said the $200K in donations is being used for living expenses but now has been placed in a trust account and cannot be touched by Zimmerman.
And as for Zimmerman’s internet restrictions, O’Mara said he realized it was dangerous to let his client have an Internet presence, so he shut down the website.
O’Mara confessed to the judge the day of the bond hearing that there was $150,000 in Zimmerman’s PayPal account, which the judge wasn't aware of.
As for now, Zimmerman remains free on bond and another hearing is scheduled for next week.