George Zimmerman jail phone calls released
6 of 151 phone calls to made public on Monday
Jailhouse phone calls show how George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch leader charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, instructed his wife to transfer money from bank accounts.
Monday morning, the state attorneys office released six phone calls Zimmerman made after his arrest on a charge of second-degree murder. The calls could play a crucial role in Zimmerman's second bond hearing, which is scheduled for June 29.
Prosecutors also said on Monday bank statements will be released, along with more discovery evidence in the "coming days," according to a statement.
Officials on Friday originally said all 151 jail house calls made by Zimmerman would be released, but Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara filed a motion objecting the release of the jail calls not mentioned in the state's motion to revoke bond.
Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond on April 20, several days after the phone calls took place. At his bond hearing, his wife, Shellie, testified that she didn't know how much money had been raised from a website created for his legal defense.
LISTEN: Call 1 | Call 2 | Call 3 | Call 4 | Call 5 | Call 6
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Prosecutors say the calls show George and Shellie Zimmerman knew that roughly $135,000 had been raised by the site.
In a call made April 12, Shellie Zimmerman said she called attorney Mark O’Mara.
"Ah, you’re so good," said George Zimmerman, who then discussed resetting a password on one of his accounts.
"Don’t worry, cutie," said Shellie Zimmerman, who later added that her husband's website was crashing because of the amount of people logging in to show their support.
"That feels good … that there are people in America that care," George Zimmerman said. “That is awesome. I need to talk to O'Mara about getting the word out because those people need to start vocalizing themselves."
"After this is all over, you’re going to be able to just have a great life," Shellie Zimmerman said.
"We will," George Zimmerman replied. "I’m excited."
At one point, Shellie interrupted her husband while he was talking about taking medication, saying, "I see you on TV right now."
In all the calls, made between April 12 and 17, Zimmerman and his family discuss moving money through online accounts and also paying off bills. In one call, Zimmerman asks his wife how much money they have.
"In my account, do I have at least $100?" he said.
"(Inaudible) deposited (inaudible) at least $100? (Background conversation) No," Shellie said.
"How, how, how close am I?" George asked.
"There's like $8," Shellie replied.
"$8.60," someone in the background is heard saying.
"Really?" George said.
"$8.00 and like 60 cents or something," Shellie said.
"Humph. I thought you said there was like (inaudible) total?" George asked.
"Uh-uh, no, Kevin voided it," Shellie said.
"Oh, OK, so total, everything, how much are we looking at?" George asked.
"Um, like $155," Shellie said.
"OK, good," George said.
Prosecutors argued that $155 is actually $155,000. They say this is evidence that George Zimmerman and his wife lied to the court about how much money they actually had.
That eventually led to Zimmerman's bond being revoked.
Last week, Shellie Zimmerman was arrested last week on a charge of making a false statement during her husband's bond hearing.
There are also some unguarded moments on these calls in which George Zimmerman talks to his wife about getting bulletproof vests for his and her safety, as well as his attorney's.
"Have you looked into the vest anymore?" George asked.
"Have you looked into the vest? (background conversation) OK, we have someone helping us with that," Shellie said.
"OK, and," George said.
"Yeah," Shellie said.
"you're ... you're going to get three, right?" George said.
"Three? Yeah," Shellie said.
"One for me, one for you and one for Mark O'Mara," George said.
"Yep," Shellie said.
"OK, good. Is he going to actually like (inaudible)," George said.
"Is he going to be out soon, Susie? He didn't say, but he's coming home tonight," Shellie said.
"OK," George said.
"And we'll be able to talk to him," Shellie said.
"We need to get on it ASAP, 'cause you know the, the -- personally, I want you wearing one," George said.
"OK," Shellie said.
"As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one," George said.
"Uh huh," Shellie said.
"And second of all, I want O'Mara having one," George said.
"OK," Shellie said.
"And third, I would like to have one at least here," George said.
"Absolutely," Shellie said.
"I mean, we don't know, if you know, if like we get (inaudible) and they couldn't, you know, have a bond hearing tomorrow, you know," George said.
"I know, I know," Shellie said.
"So (inaudible)," George said.
"OK," Shellie said.
"Have him get on that ASAP," George said.
Jacksonville defense attorney Randy Reep said he was impressed with the way Zimmerman and his wife talked to each other.
"Remarkably sophisticated, frankly," he said. "This is the conversation that we repeatedly have in my office with my clients of, 'Hey, don't let your guard down when you're talking on the phone.' Arguably, their guard is dropped in a few of the ones today, but if you recall, he's talking about bulletproof vests like he's saying, 'Can you pick up the eggs and bacon on the way home from the grocery store?'"
Martin was shot and killed Feb. 26 in Sanford. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.
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