• Zimmerman jail call raises questions about whether attorney knew about money


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, 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 the former neighborhood watch volunteer who is charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

    His 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. WFTV's Daralene Jones spent hours going through the  phone calls.

    O'Mara told Jones that while Zimmerman may 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 Zimmerman's first bond hearing.

    And it sounds like O'Mara did know 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?" said Zimmerman.

    "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, he called, Gainesville pastor Terry Jones, who prayed for him and agreed to call off his rally at Zimmerman's request.

    Jones made international news when he threatened to burn the Koran. 

    Listen to the complete raw jail call with Jones

    "I thank you father God that in these times you will give him, uh, supernatural strength. In the mighty name of Jesus," Jones said during a recorded jail phone call with Zimmerman.

    Prosecutors also released the statement from Witness No. 9, a close family member, who claims she was molested by Zimmerman for 10 years.

    Read more about Witness No. 9 here

    Late Monday night, O'Mara did speak about Witness No. 9's statements on a national news show, saying they are not relevant to Zimmerman's case and the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    "The frustration I have is these allegations that George contends are untrue. Now we need to spend our resources and time rebutting them," said O'Mara.

    WFTV legal analyst said it's unlikely a jury will ever hear the statements made by Witness No. 9.

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