George Zimmerman hasn’t told the truth since the moment he shot and killed Trayvon Martin on the night of February 26th. It’s become clear from court and public records that he has sometimes been less than truthful, which is exactly why he is back behind bars.
After shooting Trayvon, he told Sanford police he didn’t have a criminal history, turns out he did. Weeks later he told the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office he had never been in a pretrial-diversion program, but he was.
His wife Shelly said she didn’t know about the amount of funds that were donated to Zimmerman, and she did.
On the witness stand in April, Zimmerman told Trayvon’s family in an apology that he had thought their son was close to his age, while on the night of the shooting he described the 17-year-old to police as in his “late teens.”
Zimmerman’s credibility is now in question as he is the only witness to what happened the night he shot Trayvon. If he continues to mislead the court, we may never know exactly what happened.
As Trayvon family lawyer Benjamin Crump said when Zimmerman’s bond was revoked:
“This is such an important ruling today because once again George Zimmerman’s credibility is the issue… he should remain in custody until there is a trial….Judge Lester’s ruling in this matter is so important because it causes everyone to focus on Zimmermant’s credibility.
This is crucial when it is only Zimmerman’s testimony that Trayvon attacked him and all the objective evidence says he perused, confronted, and shot Trayvon.”
We can’t believe anything Zimmerman has to say anymore. Here are some false and misleading statements Zimmerman has made since shooting Trayvon:
•The night he shot Trayvon Martin to death, police say Zimmerman told them his record was squeaky-clean. In fact, he had been charged in 2005 with resisting arrest without violence during an altercation with a state alcohol officer. Zimmerman wound up in a pretrial-diversion program, a scaled-down version of probation offered to nonviolent first-time offenders.
•When he was booked into the Seminole County Jail, he told the booking officer that he never had been in a pretrial-diversion program before, documents show.
•At his April 20 bond hearing, while making a surprise apology to Trayvon’s family, Zimmerman said he didn’t realize Trayvon was so young. In his call to police moments before the shooting, however, he described Trayvon — who was 17 — as in his “late teens.”
•At that same hearing, Zimmerman sat silently and did not correct his wife, Shelly, when she, testifying under oath by telephone, said the couple had no savings. At that moment, the couple had at least $135,000 that she had transferred into her credit-union account a few days earlier from a PayPal account that Zimmerman had set up to collect donations.
Zimmerman’s inability to be cooperative with police shows that his credibility is in question and prosecutors won’t have a hard time convicting him of the second-degree murder charge he faces.