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Trayvon Martin death: George Zimmerman back in US jail

George Zimmerman in a court appearance 20 April 2012
George Zimmerman's location while out on bail was kept a secret

The US neighbourhood watchman charged with the murder of an unarmed black teenager is back in a Florida jail after his bail was revoked.

On Friday a judge withdrew George Zimmerman's $150,000 bond after prosecutors argued he had misled the court about his finances.

Mr Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting dead Trayvon Martin in February.

He maintains he shot the 17-year-old in self-defence.

Prosecutors disputed a claim by Mr Zimmerman and his wife in April that they had limited money, pointing out that the couple had raised about $135,000 through a website.

His defence team said the matter was a misunderstanding.

Correspondents say the case has stoked racial tension in the United States.

Florida police did not arrest Mr Zimmerman for six weeks after the shooting. Under the state's controversial "stand your ground" law the use of lethal force is allowed if a person feels seriously under threat.

After he was released on 10% of the bail amount in late April, Mr Zimmerman's destination outside Florida, was kept secret in an effort to ensure his safety.

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