All eyes will be on a Sanford, FL courtroom today, as George Zimmerman attends a second bond hearing this morning at 9:30 am EST.
Zimmerman is awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder for the killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman says he fired a single shot in self-defense after the teenager attacked him. He was arrested April 11, but Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered him released on $150,000 bail a week later.
But that was before he learned that Zimmerman had an online fund-raising campaign that was raking in $1,000 a day, which he failed to disclose to the judge.
At an April 20 bond hearing, Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, testified under oath that she and her husband were broke. But prosecutors proved that they had transferred at least $135,000 between accounts in the days just before the hearing.
The day she testified, according to records produced by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, Shellie Zimmerman had $57,000 in her personal bank account.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, plan to be at today’s hearing. According to their attorney, Benjamin Crump:
“We’re waiting to see if Zimmerman might take the stand…It’ll be an interesting day tomorrow.”
Attorneys for more than a dozen news companies also will be at the hearing. That’s because O’Mara has asked the judge to prohibit the release of several public records, including 150 phone calls Zimmerman made from jail and the statement of “witness 9.”
Witness 9 is believed to be Zimmerman’s former girlfriend who told Sanford police that Zimmerman has “racist ideologies,” according to a police report.