Six weeks after he ordered murder suspect George Zimmerman released on bail, Florida Judge Kenneth Lester ordered him locked up again, stopping just short of calling the defendant and his wife liars, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The issue was money: At a bond hearing April 20, Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, testified under oath that the couple didn’t have any savings. In reality, they had more than $135,000, with more flooding in from supporters who were making contributions via a website Zimmerman set up after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin Feb. 26.
“I don’t know what other word to use,” said prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. “They lied.” He called their acts “an egregious violation of the law.” After hearing evidence of phone calls between Zimmerman and his wife, Lester said there was no doubt in his mind that both George and Shellie Zimmerman knew they had access to a pile of money. Zimmerman returned to custody on Sunday.