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Trayvon Killer Back In Jail After 'Court Lie'
George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, has returned to jail in Florida.
A judge on Friday revoked Zimmerman's bail and ordered him to return to prison after he ruled that the accused had lied to court about his financial circumstances.
Prosecutors argued Zimmerman had misled the court about having no money, despite tens of thousands of dollars sitting in online fundraising accounts, in order to obtain a lower bond.
Zimmerman, 28, turned himself in on Sunday afternoon shortly before a 48-hour deadline to surrender expired.
Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger told a news conference that Zimmerman was "quiet and cooperative" when he was escorted back to a solitary cell in handcuffs.
He added that Zimmerman was to have "a new mugshot taken and would be fingerprinted again" and would be "kept in administrative confinement with a cell to himself, the same arrangement as before".
Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara told journalists he planned to seek a hearing to ensure his client is freed.
The defence attorney said he is "just hoping the judge will give us an audience and we can further explain away why what happened seems to have happened."
Mr O'Mara said he understood that the veracity of Zimmerman's story might have been dealt a blow if the court feels it had been deliberately misled, but insisted it was a misunderstanding.
"I don't think it addresses the case specifically. Certainly there is a credibility question that now needs to be rehabilitated by explaining away what they were thinking when they did what they did if that's what happened. We'll address it," he said.
The judge in April set Zimmerman's bond at $150,000 (£97,000), but prosecutors say that figure relied on "false representations and statements" by the defendant and his wife.
Zimmerman's return to jail represents just the latest twist in the case, which has outraged America and prompted protests in several cities.
Zimmerman was arrested 44 days after the shooting and subsequently charged with second degree murder.
He told police he had been tracking the teenager after viewing him as suspicious but shot him in self-defence after being assaulted.
Police initially accepted Zimmerman's claim of self-defence under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" rule which allows for deadly force in cases where people feel threatened in a public place.
But it prompted accusations of racial profiling from Trayvon's family and civil rights leaders who say he was singled out as a black youth wearing a hooded top.
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Why do orange think that the word 'black' makes this worse than if it was a 'white' teenager?