The Irish American defense lawyer George Zimmerman, Mark O’Mara has confirmed that there will be a new bond hearing for his client on 29th June.
O’Mara posted the announcement on Zimmerman’s defense website. He stated “The court has set the hearing for June 29. Mr. Zimmerman’s bond will be the subject of this hearing, and as we indicated previously, we will file the motion for bond well in advance of the hearing.”
Zimmerman is accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on 29th February. He was not arrested until six-weeks after the teen’s death. During that time he accumulated around $193,000 via his online donations website.
Last week the accused was back in jail after prosecutors claimed he and his wife mislead the judge at his initial bail hearing in April. They claimed that they did not have enough money to pay their bond.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to the second-degree murder charges. It is believed that O’Mara will use the controversial “Stand Your Ground” defense.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that next week Trayvon Martin’s family will deliver their 340,000-signature petition next week during the first public meeting of the task force reviewing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The law stands that you can used excessive force against an attacker if you feel your own life is in danger.
The Citizen Safety and Protection Task Force was created by Governor Rick Scott following to public outcry over the unarmed teen’s death. Many believe the law encourages people to “shoot first”.
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the murdered teen’s parents, plan to deliver the public petition by hand. Central Florida Urban League President Allie Braswell is also expected to attend.