The detective said Zimeri's information about the slaying of Mein and other killings had, with independent checking, proved to be true. "In no way can I say he is a danger to society," Wilson said.

Wilson, whose air fare from Washington to Miami was paid by the defense, told a reporter before the hearing that he was testifying for Zimeri because "if a source helps me out, I'll help him out."

The policeman testified that he believes the evidence in the Guatemalan murder case "appears to be tainted." He said that two witnesses who at first implicated Zimeri in the slaying have since retracted their statements. "The case in question was set up by the (Guatemalan) government to frame the Zimeri" family.

Wilson has said that he thinks it would be an injustice to send Zimeri back to Guatemala. He called The Washington Post, among others, to alert them to the case.

Sanford said he opposed releasing Zimeri on bond because he had not ties to the Miami community and no appreciable assets in the U.S. But Palermo said that he felt "under the circumstances the man should be released on bond."

But then the judge said he woulld give Sanford more time to check Wilson's testimony.