George Zimmerman's attorney says his client was confused and fearful when he allowed his wife to mislead court officials about the couple's finances.
Attorney Mark O'Mara wrote Monday on a website run by Zimmerman's legal team that he would file a motion asking for another bond hearing. A day earlier, Zimmerman returned to jail because his $150,000 bond was revoked.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He claims he shot the teen in self-defense.
Prosecutors say the Zimmermans deceived the court during an April bond hearing when Zimmerman's wife testified they had limited funds. Prosecutors say the Zimmermans really had raised at least $135,000 from a website.
A judge ordered Zimmerman back into custody and says he will hold a hearing so Zimmerman can explain himself.
Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in April over Martin's death in a gated community in Sanford.
A volunteer neighborhood watchman, Zimmerman claims the shooting was in self-defense. But a six-week delay in Zimmerman's arrest inspired protests nationwide, with many claiming that the killing of Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was racially motivated.
Florida prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda argued that Zimmerman's wife, Shelley, knew her husband had $135,000 available to him in donations collected via PayPal for a defense fund. But during his April 20 bail hearing, she intentionally misled the court about the finances, prosecutors said.
In a statement posted online Sunday, O'Mara said that "the vast majority of the funds in question are in an independently managed trust, and neither Mr. Zimmerman or his attorneys have direct access to the money."
O'Mara acknowledged that Zimmerman may have damaged his credibility as a defendant by not disclosing his defense fund.
"It's a credibility question with Mr. Zimmerman, and now that credibility has been attacked or tarnished, and now he's going to have to rehabilitate it," he said. "And that's up to him."
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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