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Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond

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George Zimmerman, center, appears at a hearing with his attorney Mark O'Mara. (Source: CNN) George Zimmerman, center, appears at a hearing with his attorney Mark O'Mara. (Source: CNN)

SANFORD, FL (RNN) - The $150,000 bond set for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin, 17, was revoked Friday.

George Zimmerman, 28, has to turn himself in within the next 48 hours.

The bond was revoked after prosecutors filed a motion alleging Zimmerman misled them about his finances during his April bail hearing. 

Zimmerman and his family then testified they had limited funds. However, Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, later discovered that his client had a website - the now defunct www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com - that raised $200,000.

"Our position is [that the] defendant mislead the court," according to Bernardo de la Rionda, of the state attorney's office.

De la Rionda argued that since Zimmerman lied about having a second passport, there is the chance he could lie again and possibly try to flee the country and stay with his family abroad.

However, O'Mara argued that the second passport was found while Zimmerman and his wife were cleaning out their house. The document was immediately given to O'Mara, who accidentally let a month pass before revealing he had the document.

In addition, O'Mara said that "Zimmerman has no authority over those [fundraising] funds."

The neighborhood watch captain had access to the money when he was looking to put up money for a bond. He instead considered mortgaging two family members' homes rather than pulling from his legal defense fund.

O'Mara also pointed to the lack of trouble with Zimmerman since he was released on bond.

Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. dismissed arguments over Zimmerman's passport, but told the court that the Zimmerman family was "well aware of the amounts [of fundraising dollars] available ... well in advance of that [bond] hearing."

He told the court that it was unfair for Zimmerman to be able to take advantage of a lower bond rate which was easier to meet than previously believed.

Judge to decide on sealing evidence in approximately 30 days

Lester also heard arguments over whether to seal some documents in the case. 

The prosecution is asking that the phone numbers, names and addresses of witnesses be sealed, along with crime scene and autopsy photos, the already-leaked 911 recording, statements made by the defendant, tests performed on Zimmerman, Martin's cell phone records and the recorded statements of an unnamed witness.

He is expected to give his ruling after a 30-day review period. No new evidence will be released to the media on Friday.

Although Lester told the court he agreed with arguments from the defense and prosecution to keep information sealed, he said "the law is against us."

Lester refused to seal the 911 call, saying that it was a "non-issue" since the tape had already been leaked, but he agreed to review the arguments over the rest of the evidence.

"This issue never really comes up in any other part of the country, because they find out at trial," Lester said, pointing to Florida law which keeps discovery relatively open to the public.

Pointing at the Casey Anthony case, Rachel Fugate argued just that on behalf of the Orlando Sentinel.

"That's the law," she said. "The standard for closing discovery is very high. It's the same standard to close a proceeding in front of your honor."

A number of media organizations, including the Orlando Sentinel Communications Company, CNN and CBS News, have requested all documents from the highly publicized case be made public.

However, Zimmerman's legal team has requested a 30-day window to review evidence after receiving it from the prosecution before they're made public.

"We understand that 30 days can seem like a long time, especially to a public with an appetite for information in the era of the 24-hour news cycle, but consider a 30-day review in the context of the entire defense timeline," Zimmerman's team said in a press release. "We expect a second round of discovery from the prosecution soon, and we are simply requesting a short amount of time to process it."

On May 24, the state filed a motion with the court to seal some evidence in the case, writing that "the state and defendant wish to be able to receive a fair trial and try this case in the courtroom and not in the media."

On the same day, Zimmerman's legal team filed a motion in agreement with the prosecution.

In court, the prosecution argued that although the public may be interested in photos showing Martin's injuries, the law makes it "crystal clear that [those are] not allowed to be disclosed."

O'Mara told the court that statements from Zimmerman "should only be heard in court," so as to keep statements from being picked apart by media and public speculation.

"We can't ignore that we have statements that are already out there," O'Mara said. "One [news] story said one witness had changed his statement after seeing other [witness statements]."

"If we were trying this case in July and we were asking for a 30-day review, I could understand the media and the public's concerns that we're maybe hiding the ball," O'Mara said, telling the court he didn't think the case was going to go to trial on its currently scheduled day.

The defense expects the case won't go to trial until 2013, after both parties have time to gather more information and sort out the "at least 50 witnesses" the defense expects to call.

Zimmerman, 28, is under house arrest for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman admitted to shooting the teen, claiming self-defense. He has pled not guilty in the case.

He was arrested April 11, weeks after the shooting death of Martin on Feb. 26. He could face life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

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