A Florida judge on Tuesday denied a request from accused murderer George Zimmerman to let him remove his GPS monitoring device and travel freely in the state pending his trial next June in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman, 29, has been confined to Seminole County under a $1 million bond since July, when a judge concluded that he had presented false information about his assets and was a flight risk.
Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, who is charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the judge about the couple’s finances, live in hiding and “in fear of violence,” according to a 74-page motion filed by his lawyer, Mark O’Mara.
New discovery evidence has been released by the Florida State Attorney’s Office in the George Zimmerman criminal trial.
The new evidence released on Tuesday included a dossier that, among other things, contains a “computer voice stress test” in which a computer monitored Zimmerman’s voice during a special question-and-answer session on the late February shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Also released on Tuesday was an hour-long police interrogation video in which Zimmerman is questioned about the shooting.
DEVELOPING: Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, has been arrested on one count of perjury, a press release issued by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department read Tuesday afternoon. [Photo: Seminole County Sheriff’s Department]
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[Update 4:45pm ET: The Seminole County Sheriff’s Department says Zimmerman has bonded out of the facility]
“It seemed to me that a lot of the people in the neighborhood that I talked to were glad that George Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch. Not very many of them knew that he had carried a gun though.”
Reuters reporter Chris Francescani talks about his profile of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, which you can read here.
FLASH: Judge sets bail for George Zimmerman at $150,000
George Zimmerman’s wife and father told a court on Friday he was a non-violent person and they would help ensure he does not flee should he be released on bail for a second-degree murder charge in the death of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
“I’ve never known him to be violent at all, unless he was provoked, and then he would turn the other cheek,” father Robert Zimmerman testified under defense questioning at a Florida court.
Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara was attempting to get his client released on bail in a case that has captivated the United States and prompted civil rights demonstrations around the country.
Zimmerman, 28, shot and killed the unarmed Martin, 17, in what he said was self-defense following a confrontation in a gated community in the central Florida city of Sanford on February 26.
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George Zimmerman made his first courtroom appearance since he was charged with the fatal shooting more than six weeks ago of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, as a judge agreed to seal some records in the highly-charged case.
Zimmerman, his head shaved and wearing a close-clipped goatee, was dressed in a dark gray prison-issued jumpsuit and looked intently at the judge throughout the hearing, which marked the beginning of a judicial process to determine whether the killing of Martin constitutes murder.
Zimmerman was charged on Wednesday with second-degree murder.
In an appearance that lasted less than five minutes, Zimmerman twice said “Yes sir” in addressing the judge in a courtroom at Florida’s John E. Polk Correctional Facility.