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George Zimmerman 'Hoodie' Joke Sparks Outrage, Jailhouse Calls Released

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By Benge Nsenduluka, CP Reporter
June 19, 2012|10:28 am

George Zimmerman has been accused of joking about the late Trayvon Martin's death following the release of six jailhouse phone calls which reveals conversations between him and his wife Shellie.

During one phone call the 28-year-old is heard discussing his security with Shellie, they determine how Zimmerman can safely be released from jail, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

"We could have two cars, we could have two rented cars," Zimmerman said. When Shellie asked how exactly he will hide himself while traveling in the vehicle, Zimmerman said, "well, I have my hoodie."

Zimmerman's hoodie comment sparked outrage among social networking users, with thousands of Twitter followers flocking to the site to share their views.

"I think George Zimmerman hoodie joke should be enough to keep his a-- in jail! Cold blooded murderer!" Latifah Bates tweeted.

"Is George Zimmerman's 'hoodie' comment really callus [sic]? I don't think so. People are too sensitive. Please weigh in..." Amenjena tweeted.

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"Too soon for George Zimmerman to crack a hoodie joke? I think so," Isaac Hinch ‏tweeted.

Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in Martin's death after admitting to shooting and killing the unarmed teen in Sanford, Fla., on Feb 28. While prosecutors maintain that 17-year-old Martin was murdered, Zimmerman insists that he shot in self defense.

The self-appointed neighborhood watch captain was released on $150,000 bail in April but ordered back to Seminole County Jail on June 1 after it was discovered that he and Shellie had lied to a visibly upset Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. during the bond hearing.

Special Prosecutor Angela Corey released 6 out of 151 recorded calls made by Zimmerman in which both he and Shellie, 25, are heard speaking in code in an attempt to conceal over $130,000 in donated funds.

"This court was led to believe they didn't have a single penny," prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda said during a June 1 hearing where Zimmerman's bond was revoked. "It was misleading, and I don't know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie."

Bank statements used as additional evidence were obtained by prosecutors, and showed that between April 16 and April 19, just days before Zimmerman's first bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman had transferred more than $74,000 from her husband's account to her own.

Shellie was also arrested on a perjury charge soon after Zimmerman surrendered to authorities, but later released after posting bail.

The couple had told Judge Lester that they were broke and failed to mention the thousands of dollars in donations that they received from the public.

Another phone call reveals the couple gloating about their donations with Zimmerman saying that he is "excited" about their future.

Zimmerman remains behind bars where is awaits his June 29 second bond hearing before Judge Lester.

 

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