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Zimmerman ordered to surrender in 48 hours

June 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM   |   Comments

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SANFORD, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Friday revoked bond for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Prosecutors said Zimmerman deceived the court by saying he didn't have any money and by not disclosing a second passport he acquired two weeks after the Feb. 26 shooting, ABC News reported. Lester ordered Zimmerman to surrender within 48 hours.

Recorded conversations between Zimmerman and his wife played in court Friday indicate the pair speaking in code about Zimmerman's second passport and multiple bank accounts.

The prosecution said Zimmerman's wife was "intimately involved in the deposit and transfer of funds and money into various accounts."

"The court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny," prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda said. "If this [the money] wasn't relevant to bond then why did they lie about it? I don't know what other words to use besides that it was a blatant lie."

Zimmerman, 28, is accused of tracking down and fatally shooting Martin, who was unarmed. Zimmerman's attorney says Martin was the attacker and Zimmerman shot in self-defense.

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