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Zimmerman returned to court for bond hearing

POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 8:30am

It was almost a full hour into George Zimmerman's second bond hearing before the talk actually turned to his bond, and the allegations that led to his initial $150,000 bond being revoked.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara referred to evidence from the prosecutors that Zimmerman and his wife Shellie repeatedly transferred internet donations between bank accounts while telling Judge Kenneth Lester they were broke during Zimmerman's first bond hearing.

"It was done to hide the money so they could deceive the court, lie to the court," said Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.

A courtroom that quickly changed to what at times felt like a self-defense hearing or the actual trial.

"I present to you the weaknesses of the State's case," said O'Mara.

The defense entered evidence that included police video a day after the shooting, their focus on Zimmerman's injuries.

O'Mara also played a recording of a 911 call from the night of the shooting.

Screams and a gunshot played out as Trayvon Martin's family listened to the final minutes of his life in the courtroom, his father shaking his head slowly.

Zimmerman's father testified, and O'Mara considered calling Zimmerman to the stand but decided against that when Judge Lester said he would allow the state to cross-examine the defendant.

"We're not here today to have a Stand Your Ground or Self Defense hearing - I welcome that... quite frankly, because that would require the defendant to take the stand and explain all that evidence," said Bernie de la Rionda.

Evidence Judge Kenneth Lester says he will review before issuing a written ruling on whether Zimmerman will be allowed for the second time to post bond in the case.
 

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