Sunday night George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail on a $150K bond for the February 26 killing of unarmed 17 year old Trayvon Martin. He is awaiting trial on a charge of second degree murder for the shooting that left Martin dead at the hands of the Sanford, Florida neighborhood watch volunteer.
The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a paper bag. He walked out following another man and didn’t look over at photographers gathered outside. He then followed the man into a white BMW vehicle and drove away.
Moments before, two Seminole County sheriff’s vehicles blocked access to the intake building parking lot where Zimmerman was being released. Zimmerman emerged after two public information officers confirmed the credentials of the photographers outside.
Bail is not unheard of in cases of second degree murder and legal experts had already predicted that Zimmerman would be granted bond because he turned himself in after he was charged, he’s never been convicted of a serious crime, and because of his ties to the community.
Zimmerman is required to report to authorities every three days,he may not possess a firearm, use any alcohol, and he has a 6 pm curfew that reportedly will be strictly enforced. His whereabouts will be kept private for obvious safety reasons and he could possibly leave the state of Florida.
The Zimmerman trial is scheduled for May 29 in Seminole County.