Trayvon Martin – Updates
Reports of violence against white committed in the name of Trayvon Martin continue to pop-up.
Alton Hayes an 18-year-old black male and his partner, an unnamed 15-year-old black Chicago boy, attacked a 19-year-old white man on April 17 at around 1 a.m. in Oak Park, IL.
Spokesman for the Illinois State’s attorney, Andy Conklin, stated that Hayes said he jumped the man because he was mad about what happened to Trayvon Martin.
Hayes was charged with committing a hate crime Wednesday, as well as attempted robbery and aggravated battery.
The boy was charged with attempted robbery.
Sanford police chief in Trayvon Martin investigation has tendered his resignation, but it was rejected by the city commissioners pending the outcome of an investigation.
George Zimmerman Released From Jail
Early this morning George Zimmerman was released from jail after Michael Smith of Magic Bail Bonds posted his $150,000 bail. He was fitted with a GPS monitoring device.
Zimmerman left jail in a white BMW while wearing a bulletproof vest under a Pittsburgh Steelers jacket and carrying a brown paper bag of his belongings. He either has left the state or will do so shortly and his address will be kept secret.
Another hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 27, to clarify what evidence will be released to the public in accordance with Florid’s Sunshine Laws.
Zimmerman’s next hearing will be an arraignment on May 8, when he will formally enters a plea. It is unlikely he will appear at this hearing.
Bond set and $150,000 with additional conditions – see below.
Commissary Account Watch $413.15
New photos showing Zimmerman’s bloody head taken 3 minutes after the shooting released.
George Zimmerman bail hearing today @ 9:00 a.m.
9:06 Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. starts bond hearing
Zimmerman in suit and tie with hands cuffed in front.
George Zimmerman’s wife Shelly Nicole Zimmerman starts testimony remotely and is sworn in by a notary public. She is questioned by George’s attorney Mark O’Mara. Says she will advise court if she loses contact with George Zimmerman. Says she is a nursing student, will graduate in 4 weeks but is not employed. Doesn’t have any assests she can use to assist George in his defense or bond. Will assist George in maintaining any conditions of his possible release. Says she is concerned with the safety of her and her family and will not disclose where they may stay if George is released and report any change in their location. Testifies that George is not a danger to the community.
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda brings up the charges against George brought about by altercation in bar and the injunction filed by former girl friend.
She doesn’t know how much money Zimmerman’s web site has collected. Says she has recieved “hate mail”.
Zimmerman’s father testifying.
Asked how he can assist in securing money for George’s bond. Says disabled Vet has few assets and a mortage on home but would pled home to secure George’s release.
Never know George to be violent and he would “turn the other cheek”. Is worried about his safety and would request secrecy of George’s location. Would assist George in meeting any requirements of his release.
Says George and his wife both own cars – doesn’t know if money is owed on them.
Same questions about prior arrest and injunction.
Doesn’t know anything about how much money the website has collected.
Testified that George had protective covering over his nose, bloody lip, cuts on back of head the next day.
9:52 a.m. George Zimmerman’s mother, Gladys, now questioned.
Has frequent contact with George and his wife. Is concerned with George’s safety if he is released and requests his location be kept secret. She is retired, doesn’t have much savings has some equity in home, doesn’t know how much but would pledge it to secure George’s release.
Testified about George mentoring 2 Afro-American kids.
10:05 a.m. No more telephone witnesses
Mark O’Mara calls investigator Gale Gilbreath.
Questioned use of “Profiled” in arrest affidavit rather than saw, noticed etc.
Witness who was on phone with Trayvon was interviewed 5 weeks after shooting.
falsly assumed Trayvon was going to commit a crime.
Disregarded instruction not to follow Trayvon.
Zimmerman confronted Martin – questioned use of confronted.
Not aware of circumstances in Trayvon’s mother identifying his voice on tape. Not aware of Trayvon’s father trying to identify voice.
No evidence that Zimmerman was NOT returning to his car.
No evidence that Zimmerman initiated the violence.
Prosecutor – says has evidence that Zimmerman lied about getting beat and having his head bashed into sidewalk.
Lots of statements by Zimmerman contradicted by evidence.
Powder on hoodie and stippling on Martin.
Defense – Investigator agrees injuries consistent with head hitting ground. Had two cuts on back of head.
Says evidence inconsistent with Zimmerman’s head being bashed and him scooting away from sidewalk and then shooting Martin.
Defense says has evidence Zimmerman’s nose was broken.
Zimmerman apologies to Martin’s family. Says he didn’t know victim’s age thought he was older and didn’t know if he was armed.
Prosecutor says Zimmerman sent message referring to Martin’s father – but never completed question.
Defense asks for $15,000 bond and asks Zimmerman be able to leave state and keep locatoin secret and suggest use of GPS. Surrendered his passport at begining of hearing.
Prosecutor says Zimmerman faces life in prison, unarmed 17-year-old boy. Could be threat to community doesn’t respect authority and confronts them. Trouble with law before and has violence in his past. Danger to community. No bond or bond of $1,000,000.
Judge – We have LOTS of experience. Circumstances of arrest at “library” happens regularly, injunction minor.
Bond of $150,000 electric monitoring GPS. No contact with victim’s family. No firearms of any sort. No alcohol. Curfew 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. advise location every 3 days. No contact with witnesses. No controlled substances. Work with Sheriff and FDLE about living out of state.
Next hearing Friday, April 27, 2012 9:00 for media to voice concerns.
Commissary Account Watch $416.15
Commissary Account Watch $502.16
Zimmerman’s Commissary Account was $121.00 when he was booked into the Seminole County Jail. I suspect that was the cash he had on him when he was arrested. The next day the account dropped down to $41.16 and as of this morning it looks like he got an influx and his balance now stands at $308.16 – riveting information right? LOL!
So what did he buy? See all his purchases at the link below.
Zimmerman will ask the court to set bond so he can get out of jail while he awaits trial, his attorney said Friday.
A bond hearing has been tentatively scheduled to begin at 9 AM April 20.
Also on Friday, the judge in this case, Jessica Recksiedler, said she would entertain motions to disqualify herself from the trial after discovering that her husband works with Mark NeJame. NeJame, a prominent Central Florida attorney whom Zimmerman approached about representing him, has since taken a job with a local TV station as their legal analyst and commentator on this case.
O’Mara said the association might become “more and more problematic” given the intense media and public scrutiny the case is attracting.
Recksiedler said she would hope any such request would be filed before Zimmerman’s bond hearing, currently scheduled for April 20.
George Zimmerman mugshot – click for more info.
6:05 PM – Angela Corey announced that George Zimmerman has been charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman is scheduled to appear in court in Sanford, FL within 24 hours. Corey confirmed Zimmerman turned himself in and is in custody but declined to say where he is currently.
5:55 PM – According to Zimmerman’s new attorney, Mark M. O’Mara, George Zimmerman is in custody.
Mark O’Mara is the Legal Analyst for Channel 6 in Orlando, FL.
Angela Corey will make an announcement this evening at 6:00 PM at the state attorney’s office in Jacksonville. According to several sources she has decided to file charges against George Zimmerman.
Tuesday evening, State Attorney Angela Corey announced she will hold a news conference within the next 72 hours regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation.
Update 4/10/2012 George Zimmerman’s attorneys, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner have withdrawn from his case. George apparently contacted the special prosecutors office and told them the attorneys were his “Legal Representatives – not his “lawyers”.
The attorneys had lost contact with Zimmerman and were concerned with him contacting the prosecutor, he called Sean Hannity of Fox News without consulting them, creating a web site and not communicating with them.
The attorneys left open the possibility that they would represent him in the future. And they remain convinced that he was acting in self defense.