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'Zimmerman didn't mean to mislead judge'

JAILED: George Zimmerman

LAWYERS FOR George Zimmerman have reportedly said that their client was 'confused and fearful' when he misled court officials about his finances to be granted bail.

The 28-year-old, who is charged with fatally shooting black teen, Trayvon Martin, was forced to hand himself in to Florida police on Sunday, after a judge revoked his $150,000 bond.

Prosecutors claimed Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, deceived the court during the bond hearing last month, after it was revealed that they had raised $135,000 in donations from a website Zimmerman's family created.

At the hearing, Mrs Zimmerman testified that the couple had 'limited funds for bail' because she was a full-time student and her husband is unemployed.

In response to Zimmerman's re-arrest, his lawyer, Mark O'Mara reportedly said: "While Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges that he allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court, the defense will emphasise that in all other regards, Mr. Zimmerman has been forthright and cooperative."

"We feel the failure to disclose these funds was caused by fear, mistrust, and confusion," he added. "The gravity of this mistake has been distinctly illustrated, and Mr. Zimmerman understands that this mistake has undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair."

Zimmerman claimed to have killed 17-year-old Martin in self-defence on February 26, following an alleged confrontation in a gated neighbourhood in Sanford, Florida.

The case continues.

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