George Zimmerman Released From Jail, Again
Donations increase 20-fold after judge ups murder defendant’s bond
George Zimmerman walked out of a Florida jail Friday, after posting a $1 million bail bond set by a judge overseeing the Trayvon Martin second-degree murder case.
Zimmerman, 28, was fitted with an electronic GPS monitoring device and walked out of John E. Polk Correctional Facility just before 3 p.m. ET, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said in statement.
Wearing a grey suit similar to the one he wore during his bond hearing one week ago, the former neighborhood watch captain was helped into a white SUV waiting outside the jail.
"He is very happy to be out. It's been a very sobering experience spending the last month in jail," a member of Zimmerman's legal team told reporters at the jail. Lead attorney Mark O'Mara said Zimmerman would likely be housed in a temporary safe house nearby.
Expressing concerns that Zimmerman planned to flee the country prior to being ordered to return to jail, Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. set strict guidelines for the defendant's release: no contact with Martin's family, no leaving Seminole County without prior court approval and no opening or maintaining bank accounts. He must also stay away from the airport and adhere to a strict curfew.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed visitor to the gated community where Zimmerman lived. He claims the two fought and that he shot the teen in self-defense.
This is the second time in more than two months that Zimmerman has been allowed out of jail. Lester revoked the initial bond when state prosecutors discovered Zimmerman and his wife lied about raising thousands through an online legal defense fund.
Earlier Friday, Martin's parents expressed disapproval at the decision to allow their son's killer out of jail again.
The teen's mother, Sybrina Fulton, speaking in New Orleans at the Essence Music Festival, an annual musical confab that features seminars on issues importance to African-Americans, said she was saddened by the idea that her son's killer "may walk free sometime, one day," the Associated Press reports.