George Zimmerman jailhouse calls released

10:33 AM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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George Zimmerman in court(Getty Images)

Sanford, Florida (WTSP) -- Jailhouse calls show how the former neighborhood watch leader charged with killing Trayvon Martin instructed his wife to transfer money from bank accounts.

The calls released by prosecutors Monday could play a crucial role in George Zimmerman's second bond hearing next week.

A judge revoked Zimmerman's bond on June 1st after it was discovered he misled the court about the $135,000 in funds raised through a legal defense fund Zimmerman set up online.

Zimmerman and his wife told the judge they were indigent, leading to a reduced bond.

We have previously seen excerpts of the six calls in which Zimmerman and his wife appear to be speaking in code about how to move the cash.

Zimmerman's defense attorney says the family made a mistake out of "fear, mistrust and confusion."

Shellie Zimmerman was arrested on perjury charges last week.

Originally there were supposed to be 151 jail calls released on Monday, but Zimmerman's defense attorney Mark O'Mara objected to the release of 145 calls that he says have nothing to do with Zimmerman's next bond hearing.

He wrote on a blog, "The majority of the phone calls are personal and irrelevant to the charges against Mr. Zimmerman." He also wrote, "The public release of these phone calls could jeopardize the privacy of friends and family of Mr. Zimmerman who are unrelated to the case."

O'Mara did not object to the release of the six calls.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.



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