Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ruled today that George Zimmerman, the man being held for killing Trayvon Martin, can be released on $150,000 bail.
The prosecution had argued that Zimmerman’s bail should be set at $1 million.
The Associated Press reports that Zimmerman may also be allowed to leave the state. The judge said that he was concerned about Zimmerman’s safety. Zimmerman’s lawyers and law enforcement officials will have to work out the details before Zimmerman can leave Florida.
ABC reports that the judge also ruled that Zimmerman may not drink alcohol, use drugs, or possess a firearm. Zimmerman will also have to observe a curfew and wear an electronic monitoring device.
During the hearing, Zimmerman apologized to the parents of Trayvon Martin, saying:
“I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit older than I was. And I did not know whether he was armed or not.”
Martin family attorney Ben Crump said that he was “outraged” about Zimmerman’s bond. Crump said:
“It was devastating that [Zimmerman] got to give a self-serving apology to help get him a bond… Why is everybody protecting George Zimmerman?”
Zimmerman, who is currently being charged with second-degree murder, claims that he shot Martin in self-defense.