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George Zimmerman: Notice of filing 7/13/12

George Zimmerman: Notice of filing 7/13/12

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOF
THEEIGHTEENTH
.JUDICIALCIRCUIT
IN
ANDFORSEMINOLECOUNTY,FLORIDA
CASENO.12-!083CFACRIMINALDIVISIONSTATEOFFLORIDA,
Plaintiff:
vs.
GEORGEZIMMERMAN,
Defendant.
~~--..~I
NOTICEOFFILING
THEUNDERSIGNEDherebytilesaletterfromcounselfortheDefendant,Mark
O'Mara,Esquire,received
by
theCourtonthe21st
day
ofMay,2012intheabove
cause,
andthefilingthereofintothecourtfileofthiscause,datedthis
Jj]k
dayof
auA{_,
2012,
Copiesto:
MarkM,O'Mara,Esquire
1416EastConcordStreet
Orlando,FL32803DonaldR.West,Esquire
DonWestLawGroup,PA.
636WestYaleStreetOrlando,FL32804
BerniedelaRionda,EsquireJohnGuy,Esquire
OfficeoftheStateAttorney
no
EastBayStreet
Jacksonville,FL32202-3429
7/16/201211:08
AM
 
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O'MARALAWGROUP
Mork.O'Mora,Esquire
BoordCe~edCriminalTrialSpecialist
BoardCertifiedinMadlalandFamilyLowCertifiedMediatorFamilyandCircuitCivilLowM(lrk@morkorTloro[aw.tom
-Family
andCriminallaw~
LornaM.
Truett.
Esquire
Attorneyot
tow
May18,2012
Via
Hallli
Defi~'erv
TheHonorableKennethR.Lester,
Jr.
CircuitCourtJudgeCriminalJusticeCenter
101Bush
Boulevard
Sanford,Florida32773
RF.:
StateofFloridavs.UeorgeZimmernulIJ
CaseNo.:2012-001033-CIl'A
YourHonor:Pleaseacceptthisasresponsetotheinquiry
regarding
the
existence
andavailabilityof"kgaldefensefunds"during
thetimejustbeforeandjustafterthe
hondhearingon
April20,2012.I
haveenclosedforyour
reviewasummarypageentitled"MonthlySalesReportfor
themonth
ofApril2012",whichdocumentstheinflow
of
moniesinto
thePayl'al
accountduring
its
active
timeperiod(ExhibitA).Ascanbeseen,thefirstmoniesweredepositedon
4/9/2012,
andthelastmoniesweredepositedon
4/2712012.
Of
note
isthat.whilethese
monieswould
havebeen
identifiedastransactionson(hedatesofthisreport,thosemonieswouldnotactuallyhavebeenavailableintheaccount
for
several
days,
asa
transaction
delay.
Thereportdocumentsthat$205,637.96wasreceived,andfeesandrefundsreducedtheamountintheaccountto
$
I97,773,13.PleasenotethatM(.Zimmermanwas,asdocumented
by
theFlorida
Departmentof
LawEnforcement,traveling
in
hidingupuntilthe
day
hewasmet
by
FDLEagentssotheycouldeffectuatethe-arrestonApril
11.2012..
Next,[haveincludedcopiesofbothMr.Zimmerman'sandShellie
Zimmerman's
hankaccountstatementsfortherelevantlimeperiod,(ExhibitsBandC).Ascanbeseen,monieswereforwardedintoMr.Zimmerman'saccountandthenmovedovertoMs.Zimmerman'saccountduringthattimeperiod,Whileaninitialreviewofthesebankstatements
suggest
somecurioustransfersof
$9.990.00
(Of
similaramounts)fromoneaccounttotheother,
the
explanationisquitesimple..
Payl'al
onlyallows
transfer'
lessthan$1O,OOO.OOtogothroughtheaccountatanyone
time,
and
what
wasoccurringwasthosemonieswere
transferredfrom
thePayPalaccountintothesetwoaccounts
(andon
occasion,intohissister'saccount)inordertoaccomplishmovingthemoneyfrom
Payl'al
intothepersonalaccounts.ThemonieswerefinallyamassedinMr.Zimmerman'saccount.
1t
wasMr.Zimmerman'sbrother-in-law,ScottWilson,whowasadministeringthesefunds,andhandlingthetransfersbetweenthe
accounts
as,
again.
George
Zimmerman
was
notavailable.Theresultsofthis,which
would
beofparticularrelevancetothisCourt,
IS
thatasofthedateofthebondhearing,April
20,2012,
the
Zimmerman
accounts
had
approximately
$120,000.00
to
$130;000,00available
within
them
(variablesbeingthetransactionsdelaysandthatsomefundswere
beingusedduringthistimeaswell).
The
testimony
by
ShellieZimmerman,andascorroboratedbyMr.andMrs.Zimmerman,Sr.,supportedthatthepartieswereofmeagermeans.Attintblush,thiswouldcertainlyseemtobeinconsistent
with
thefactthatalargeamountofmoneywasavailable
to
themintheir
accounts
atthe
tittleofthattestimony.Asexplanationfor
that
perceivedinconsistency,I
would
offerthefollowing:
Afterthtl
bondwasgrantedat$150,000.00,IhadongoingconversationswiththeZimmermanfamilyand
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TheHonorableKennethR.Lester,
.11'.
May18,2012
PageTwo
Zimmermanregardingattemptingtoaccomplishabond.Duringthefirst36hours,
it
tookanenormousamountofeffortfrommetoconvincetheZimmermanfamilytotrustutilizingabailbondsmantohelp
accomplish
George'srelease.Iconvincedthemthatthiswastheappropriatewaytohandlethis,and(tomyknowledgeatthatpoint)theonlywaytosecurehisrelease.BeforeIwasabletoconvincethemtouseabondsperson,theyhadbeenattemptingtosecuresecond
mortgages
onboth
the
ZimmermanSr..residenceandGeorge'sgrandmother'sresidenceinordertoaccomplishcomingup
with
necessary$150,000.00incash.
I
offerthisinformationatthispoint
because
had
theybelieved
tbat
theyhad
freeaccesstothefundsin
theiraccount,
theycould
easilyhave
usedthatmoney
to
accornplish
theirgoalofgatheringtogetherthefull$150,000.00.Again,
they
neverdidthat,Rather,therationalethe
Zimmermanfamily
seemed
tohavewas
that
the
moneysitting
there..
asgiventothemtosupport
their
livingexpenses
and
necessarylegalexpenses,butwasnotsimply
available
tothemfor
whatever
otherpurposetheymay
want.Further,anecdotalevidence
supporting
thisisthatevenwhentheydecidedtoutilizetheservicesofabailbondsperson,theydecidedtotake$5,000.00fromthisfundandstillowean'additionalSI0,000.00,ratherthan
simplyremoveafull$15,,000,00
from
thesefunds.
Asfurtherdocumentationoftheirjudicioususeofrhosefunds(ascomparedtounfettereduseof'thosefunds),Ihaveenclosedalistingofexpensestakenourof'thataccountduringtherelevanttime
period
(ExhibitD).Ascanbeseenfromthatlist(titled"totaldepositedintomyaccountfromPayl'al"),therearethefollowing
expenditures:
Firstly,therewasonly$177,790.00actuallyputIntotheaccountbecausethereisstill
some
$20,000,00beingprocessed
by
PayPal.Thesecondentryidentifies
the$122,393.00whichwas
forwardedtomeuponrequest(thisrepresentstheentireamount:leftintheaccountminusthe$20,000.00cashwhichisidentifiedasthe
third
entry).The$20,000.00wa5basedon
my
suggestionthat
they
holdontoacertainamount
of
moneyforongoing
incidentals.
Thelistdocumentsthatthe
majority
0
ftheexpenseswerethattheyhad
to
purchase
a
Wi-
Fiservicefor$370.00;spend
$800.00atthejailcommissary;paidoffa$.3,900.00AmericanExpressbillforvariousexpensesincurredbecauseoftheirforcedmoveoutofthehome;purchaseprepaidphones;paidcarpayments;utilities;vehiclemaintenance;airfare;groceries;dog
care
andFedl-xexpenses.Theyalsorepaida$J,OOO,OOloantoa
family
member
foradditionaldebtthat
they
incurredduringtheinterveningtimewhenthey
had
10
leave
their
homeandgointohiding.Ibelieve
it
isalsorelevantto
acknowledge
tothisCourtwhatwasstatedonrecordconcerning
my
knowledgeof
themoniesin
theseaccounts.Asstated,1becameawareofthefundsonthe
following
Tuesday,April24,duringaconversationwithMr.Zimmermanregardingclosingdownhisentireinternetpresence.Uponidentifyingthatthesefundsexisted,heimmediatelyforwardedtheentiretyofthoseavailablefunds(minusthe$20,000.00referencedabove)tobeheldintrustuponmyrequest.Again,IthinkthatthisisfurtherevidenceofMr.Zimmerman'spositionthat.though
these
funds
were"available"tohim,
they
couldonlybeusedforparticularpurposes.1mentionthatatthispointbecausethough
it
doesseemthatthosefundswere'available'tothe
family
atthetimeofthebondhearing,thatmoneyiscertainlynatavailabletothematthispoint,ashavebeensecuredandbeinghandled
by
athird
party
administrator.Offurthernoteisthatbasedupontheexistenceofthesefunds,1donotbelieveHappropriatethatMr.Zimmermanseekafindingofindigene)!atthispoint,unless
and
untilthosefunds
areexhausted..
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