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Lawyer: Zimmerman didn't disclose $150K

June 25, 2012 at 7:55 PM   |   Comments

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SANFORD, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- The lawyer for George Zimmerman, charged with murdering a Florida teen, said his client "accepts full responsibility" for misleading a judge about his finances.

Zimmerman and his wife Shellie led Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to believe they were destitute at his April 20 bond hearing. Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond.

Prosecutors said, though, that Zimmerman had about $150,000 in donations received from an online fund to pay for his defense at his disposal, CNN reported Monday.

"Mr. Zimmerman's failure to advise the court of the existence of the donated funds at the initial bail hearing was wrong and Mr. Zimmerman accepts responsibility for his part in allowing the court to be misled as to his true financial circumstances," defense attorney Mark O'Mara wrote in a motion filed Friday. "Counsel, however, points to Mr. Zimmerman's voluntary disclosure of the fund and immediate surrender of any interest in the donated money through transfer of the fund to counsel for deposit in trust."

O'Mara requested the Florida judge set a reasonable bond for Zimmerman because he fully complied with all conditions of his earlier release and surrendered himself in a timely manner after the court revoked his release.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, told police he shot Martin in self-defense when the teen allegedly attacked him.

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