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Zimmerman's attorneys: 'his mistake has undermined his credibility'

George Zimmerman, 28, was back in a Florida jail Sunday after it was revealed that he lied in court about how much money he had access to. (Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office) George Zimmerman, 28, was back in a Florida jail Sunday after it was revealed that he lied in court about how much money he had access to. (Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

SANFORD, FL (RNN) - The day after accused killer George Zimmerman found himself back in jail, his attorneys acknowledged that the former neighborhood watch captain tarnished his credibility by lying about how much money he had access to during his original bond hearing.

Zimmerman, 28, has been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, in a case that remains a national sensation.

His attorneys said Tuesday they will file a motion for a second bond hearing, insisting that Zimmerman is not a flight risk even though he didn't disclose how much money he had or that he had a second passport.

The hearing is expected in the next couple of weeks.

His legal team issued a prepared statement that claimed Zimmerman faced overwhelming hardship:

"At the point of the bond hearing, Mr. Zimmerman had been driven from his home and neighborhood, could not go to work, his wife could not go back to finish her nursing degree, his mother and father had been driven from their home and he had been thrust into the national spotlight as a racist murderer by factions acting with their own agendas."

According to his attorneys, Zimmerman told his legal team five days after the bond hearing that he had access to $204,000 raised through a website that has since been taken down. Most of that money - $150,000 - was transferred to a "legal defense fund," which is independently managed, meaning Zimmerman doesn't have direct access to the money.

However, his attorneys admitted that audio recordings brought to court by the prosecution in which Zimmerman is clearly talking about the money his website had made showed their client knew about the funds.

"We feel the failure to disclose these funds was caused by fear, mistrust and confusion," his legal team said in a statement. "The gravity of this mistake has been distinctly illustrated, and Mr. Zimmerman understands that his mistake has undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair."

Ben Crump, an attorney for Martin's family, seized the opportunity to attack Zimmerman's credibility on national news programs.

"His credibility is the main thing here, because it is only his version of the facts that say Trayvon Martin attacked him," Crump told CNN on Monday. "All the objective evidence suggests that he pursued and shot Trayvon Martin in the heart, and that is going to be a crucial, crucial issue - credibility."

Zimmerman went back to jail Sunday after spending about a month out on a $150,000 bond. He was ordered back into custody last Friday by a judge who thought it "unfair" that Zimmerman's bond was low in light of his financial resources.

This isn't the first time Zimmerman has given the appearance of not telling his attorneys the whole truth. Just before his arrest on April 11, Zimmerman's first two attorneys dropped him after he stopped returning their calls.

Zimmerman is facing life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

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