Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, will be allowed to walk free on a $150,000 bail after a 2-hour long hearing in which Zimmerman took the stand and conveyed his remorse over the shooting death of seventeen-year-old Martin, as he stated:
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.”
After listening to Zimmerman’s statement, Trayvon’s parents said that the apology was disingenuous.
While prosecutors argued that the defendant should either not be freed or have his bail set at $1 million, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ordered that George remain in jail for at least one more day, after which point he will be eligible to post the $150,000 bail.
Mark O’Mara, the defense attorney representing Mr. Zimmerman, said that it is possible Zimmerman’s family might require more than one-day to acquire the funds necessary to post bail and that there is a chance he may be allowed to leave the state of Florida if electronic monitoring is established. His attorney also argued that his location be kept a secret due to threats against his client.
Upon release, George will not be allowed to possess a firearm or contact Martin’s family.
Robert Zimmerman, George’s father, testified that he personally saw wounds on his son after the shooting of Trayvon Martin on February 26. Robert was quoted having said:
“His face was swollen quite a bit. He had protective cover over his nose. His lip was swollen and cut. And there were two vertical gashes on the back of his head.”
After 44 days of not being arrested, it appears Zimmerman once again has the opportunity to walk free if his family is able to come up with the $15,000 (10%) required in order to post the $150,000 bail.
Source: Y! News