George Zimmerman, the wanna-be cop responsible for shooting 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin dead on Feb. 26, now claims that Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. is biased against him and feels he cannot get a fair “Stand Your Ground” hearing or murder case unless the current judge steps aside, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Zimmerman’s request comes just a week after Judge Lester raised his bond to $1 million after he mislead him in his first bond hearing over the amount of money he had.
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The judge described Zimmerman as “manipulative” in an order he wrote after the second hearing. Lester also said he believed that Zimmerman was planning to flee the country with $130,000 in hidden money he denied having during the first bond hearing.
Mark O’Mara and Don West, Zimmerman’s attorneys, fired back at the judge in a defense order (page 4) saying that his order “makes gratuitous, disparaging remarks about Zimmerman’s character.”
The order also claims that the judge is holding over their client’s head the threat of future contempt proceedings. “In doing so, the Court created a reasonable fear in Mr. Zimmerman that this Court is biased against him and because of this prejudice he cannot receive a fair and impartial trial or hearing by this Court,” O’Mara and West claim.
His wife, Shellie Zimmerman, is awaiting trial for her alleged role in misleading the court about her husband’s finances during the first bond hearing.
Zimmerman is free on bond after claiming poverty. According to the New York Daily News, he even has a security team.