Did Zimmerman's attorney know about hidden funds?



SANFORD, Fla. - A newly released jailhouse phone call between George Zimmerman and his brother is raising questions about whether Zimmerman’s attorney knew his client was hiding money from the court.

Zimmerman is a former neighborhood watch volunteer who is charged in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman’s attorney attorney, Mark O’Mara, said he didn't know about thousands of dollars Zimmerman and his wife lied about that eventually got Zimmerman’s bond revoked.

On Monday, prosecutors released 145 phone calls Zimmerman made from jail.

O'Mara told Channel 9’s Daralene Jones that while Zimmerman might have told him about transferring money, they never talked about specific amounts. O'Mara said if they had, he would've certainly told the judge.

When Zimmerman was re-arrested for hiding more than $100,000 he had raised for his defense his attorney, O'Mara said he didn't know details about the stash of money either.

But WFTV listened to a jailhouse phone call between Zimmerman and his brother six days before the  first bond hearing, and it sounds like O'Mara might have known Zimmerman had secretly transferred money from his accounts to his wife's

"I trust him, um. I did tell him that, you know, we did try to make one transfer of 37, and that it got held up because it's over the 10, you know?" Zimmerman said in the call.

"Uh, huh," replied his brother.

"So, he knows about that," Zimmerman said.

"Does he know the volume?"

"No," replied Zimmerman.

"Okay, I'd like to keep that with us," said Zimmerman's brother.

"I think so too," Zimmerman responded.

That call was one of 145 calls released by prosecutors on Monday, despite a last minute push by O'Mara to stop them.

Zimmerman goes through a wide range of emotions, sometimes crying, then laughing and singing with his wife, Shellie.

At least once, Zimmerman called Gainesville pastor Terry Jones, who prayed for him and agreed to call off a rally at Zimmerman's request.

Listen to the complete raw jail call with Jones

In the meantime, the prosecutor in the case said a motion by the defense asking the judge to disqualify himself is without merit.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda was responding to the defense's motion filed last week. In his response Tuesday, he called the request "absurd on its face."

De la Rionda wrote that though the defense takes issue with language used by Judge Kenneth Lester in setting defendant Zimmerman's second bond at $1 million, it doesn't create any predisposition about future rulings.

O'Mara filed his motion because of what he contends were disparaging remarks Lester made about Zimmerman's character in his July 5 bond order.