George Zimmerman Released From Jail
Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, was released from a Florida county jail around midnight Sunday on $150,000 bail.
Prior to his release, two Seminole County sheriff’s cruisers were used to block access to the intake building parking lot at the facility from which he was released. Once public information officers were able to confirm the credentials provided by photographers waiting outside, Zimmerman emerged wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a brown paper bag.
After exiting the facility trailing another man, he followed the man into a white BMW vehicle and the two departed. The neighborhood watch volunteer did not look at the photographers as he made his exit from county jail. Nobody shouted any questions and he provided no statement.
For Zimmerman’s safety, his destination is currently being kept a secret and Y! News reports that “it could be outside Florida.”
In order to make his $150,000 bail, George was forced to put up $15,000 (10%), which his father indicated that he may have to take out a second mortgage in order to do so. He worked at a mortgage risk-management company during the time of Trayvon’s death.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester conveyed during a Friday hearing that Zimmerman would not be allowed to have any firearms and must observe a curfew of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in addition to surrendering his passport.
While prosecutors requested $1 million bail, citing a 2005 incident in which Zimmerman had to enroll in anger management courses after attacking an undercover officer attempting to arrest a friend of his and another incident in which his girlfriend accused him of attacking her. Neither of the two run-ins with the law resulted in charges.
Zimmerman shot unarmed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin to death on February 26, 2012 and is currently free on $150,000 bail.