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George Zimmerman attorney seeks new bond hearing; donations spike

Attorney Mark O'Mara says his client was confused and fearful in misleading the court about his finances.

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A judge revoked George Zimmerman's bond after prosecutors filed a motion on June 1, 2012 stating that Zimmerman misled the court on his financial status and the existence of a second passport. Zimmerman has 48 hours to surrender himself. (Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman's attorney filed a motion for a new bond hearing Monday, less than one day after the Trayvon Martin shooting suspect landed back in jail because his $150,000 bond was revoked.

Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder in the February death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. He claims he shot the teen in self-defense, The Associated Press reported.

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A judge revoked his bond and ordered him back into custody on Friday after concluding Zimmerman and his wife deceived the court in April when Zimmerman's wife testified that they had limited funds.

The judge said he would schedule a hearing after Zimmerman was back in custody so he could explain himself, USA Today reported.

In a statement issued Monday, attorney Mark O'Mara said Zimmerman was confused and fearful when he allowed his wife to mislead court officials.

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"The gravity of this mistake has been distinctly illustrated, and Mr. Zimmerman understands that this mistake has undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair," the statement read, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Meanwhile, donations to Zimmerman's online legal defense fund have surged since he was ordered back to jail, ABC News reported.

O'Mara said Zimmerman's fund has been receiving about $1,000 a day in donations, but the pace picked up since Friday's court order.

Zimmerman currently has about $193,000 in his defense fund, O'Mara said, and about $20,000 of that has been spent on living expenses, hotels and security, O'Mara told ABC News.

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