Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman, said he would alert the court if his son failed to adhere to the conditions of his bond.
He said he doesn’t have much money to help his son with bail, but would take a second mortgage on his home to help secure his son’s release.
"I’m a disabled veteran, and don’t have a great deal of income," the elder Zimmerman said. Of his son, he said, "I’ve never known him to be violent at all unless otherwise provoked, then he’d turn the other cheek."
Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda then asked Robert Zimmerman about his son’s finances. He also asked Robert Zimmerman about his son’s prior 2005 arrest, in which he was accused of striking a law enforcement officer near the University of Central Florida.
He said his son has “always been interested in criminal justice,” and is an honest man.
"I believe him because he’s been honest his whole life," Robert Zimmerman said. He said he saw his son the day after the shooting, and he had gashes on the back of his head. His face was swollen, the elder Zimmerman said.
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What does neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman say under his breath during his call to police just before the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin?
A small portion of Zimmerman’s already controversial call to Sanford police, in which he described 17-year-old Martin as “suspicious,” has drawn new scrutiny online.
Some insist that Zimmerman is heard using a racial slur in the audio, which was released by police last week amid mounting pressure from the community."
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The handgun that killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, was fired once — not twice — by a neighborhood crime watch volunteer, according to information obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
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