George Zimmerman walked out of the John E. Polk jail after posting bail early Monday sometime after 12:00 a.m. Wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans and carrying a brown paper bag, he was escorted out to a white BMW. He got in without saying a word to reporters.
His destination is unknown but what we do know is wherever this defendant goes, he has been ordered by the judge to wear an electronic monitor, check in with authorities every three days, cannot hold down a job or own a gun.
According to CNN, the neighborhood watchman had to pay the customary 10 percent of his bail. That means he had to come up with only $15,000 of the $150,000 set by judge Kenneth Lester Jr. during Friday's bond hearing. The prosecution wanted Zimmerman to remain behind bars or bail to be set at $1million.
On Saturday, his lawyer Mark O'Mara had said that they were having some difficulty raising the money but it now appears that obstacle has been eliminated.
28-year-old Zimmerman is charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The teen was killed with a single hollow point bullet to the chest as he was walking home in Sanford, Florida on the night of February 26.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and is claiming self-defense in the killing of the unarmed high-schooler who reportedly only had an iced tea and a bag of skittles when he was shot. The watchman reportedly saw the teen, called 911 to report him as "a really suspicious guy" and even though the operator told him not to follow the young man, he apprarently did.
No one knows exactly what happened but according to Trayvon's 16 year old girlfriend's who he was on the phone with while walking, the time line has him telling her a man was following him about 7:12 p.m. and 4 minutes later he was laying face down in the grass, dead.
It took 45 days after the tragedy for the State Attorney's office to issue an arrest. Special prosecutor Angela Corey was appointed after former attorney Norm Wolfinger recused himself and Chief Lee of the Sanford police temporarily stepped down. Florida's Stand Your Ground law was used as the reason he was never kept in custody and charged on that fateful night.
Incidentally Corey has come under some scrutiny for what critics say is her penchant for overcharging. Corey fought to charge and try a 12 year old boy, Christian Fernandez as an adult, which has caused some controversy. If found guilty, he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Christian from Jacksonville, was charged with killing his 2 year old brother in 2011. (Read more on it here: Should 12 old boy be tried as an adult? )
In Trayvon's case, Corey said Florida always followed the law to the letter and did not "respond to pressure" but the widespread outrage which resulted in numerous marches and protests after Zimmerman wasn't arrested or charged in Trayvon's killing seemed to have been the catalyst. Many cried racism and bias and even Senators protested on the House floor wearing the symbolic hoodie that has come to represent the dead teen.
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