Sunday, June 3, 2012

Videos: Sheriff speaks out on George Zimmerman processing, booking

Sheriff Don Eslinger of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office spoke to media after George Zimmerman turned himself in to the Seminole County Jail after his bond was revoked last week. Eslinger described how Zimmerman met two officers at a prearranged location, was handcuffed and taken into custody, then escorted to the jail. Zimmerman arrived at approximately 1:25 pm. Zimmerman continues to remain in jail where he is being held without bond following a decision handed down by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., on Friday, June 1, 2012. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, plans to have another bond hearing where he hopes his client will be granted bail a second time. According to Sherriff Eislinger, the hearing will be held soon, but there are no plans scheduled for a hearing tomorrow.

A white van was seen pulling into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, shortly afterwards, Zimmerman emerged. He was handcuffed and wore jeans and a long-sleeve, white and plaid shirt. Zimmerman will be placed in administrative confinement, Sherriff Eslinger stated. He described the housing as single-cell, and similar to that of his time in jail before bonding out in April 2012.

Though Zimmerman’s whereabouts were previously undisclosed due to alleged threats on his life, Sheriff Eslinger confirmed Zimmerman has been under electronic and telephonic monitoring.

Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder for the February 26, 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Martin was unarmed and returning from a convenience store where he had purchased an iced tea and bag of Skittles candy. Zimmerman claims he shot and killed the teen in self-defense.

You may see Sheriff Eslinger’s press announcement in the video below.

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