Shellie Zimmerman faces arraignment at the end of the month on a perjury charge; she was freed on bond.
During a second bond hearing last week, O'Mara sparred with prosecutors over those finances and questioned why his client is in jail at all, arguing that Martin's actions led to his death. O'Mara said that his client was confused, fearful and experienced a moment of weakness when he and his wife misled the court.
The judge didn't buy it and chided Zimmerman for even misleading his attorney. O'Mara has said he didn't know how much money had been raised by the website at the time of the April hearing.
"The defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so," Lester said.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and claims the shooting was self-defense under the state's "stand your ground" law.
The law allows individuals to use deadly force provided they are doing nothing illegal and relieves them of a duty to retreat if they believe their lives are in jeopardy. The law allows defendants to make their self-defense case at a hearing presided over by a judge and without the use of a jury. If the judge deems self-defense was justified, the case can be dismissed without going to trial.
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