George Zimmerman Free On Bail
George Zimmerman walked out of a Florida jail Monday in the earlier morning hours after posting $150,000 bail. Zimmerman will now await the start of his trial for second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin last month.
Zimmerman wore a jacket and jeans with a bag in his hands as he walked from the Seminole County jail sometime just after midnight. Photographers had gathered to see his release, but Zimmerman did not raise his head or look at the photographers. He followed another man to a waiting BMW and quickly drove away.
Out of fear for his safety, his whereabouts were unknown and his was allowed to leave Florida if he so chooses. The parents of Martin said they had a heavy heart when they heard of Zimmerman’s release from jail. Through their attorney, they said they hope Zimmerman’s freedom is just temporary, because they are going through pain that will be permanent.
At Zimmerman’s bail hearing on Friday, Judge Ken Lester said the neighborhood watchman cannot possess guns and has a daily curfew of 7pm to 6 am. Zimmerman also had to leave his passport with authorities. He was required to leave a minimum of 10% of his bail or $15,000 to be freed. His father said to post bail he may apply for a second mortgage for his home.
When the shooting took place, Zimmerman was employed by a risk-management business. His wife is enrolled in nursing school. A site online has been established to help pay for Zimmerman’s defense and it is not clear how much the website has received in donations.
Bail is not uncommon in these cases and many experts in the legal industry thought Zimmerman would receive it because he voluntarily turned himself in, his ties in the area and he has no prior convictions for a serious offense.