April 23rd, 2012
01:13 AM ET

George Zimmerman released on bond

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in the February death of Trayvon Martin, has been released on bail from a Florida jail.

Zimmerman walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, around midnight Sunday, wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a brown paper bag in his arms. He got into the back of a white BMW and did not speak to reporters.

It was not immediately known where he was headed.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Zimmerman was fitted with an electronic monitoring device, which can keep tabs on his whereabouts in real time.

Over the weekend, his lawyer had said Zimmerman could remain behind bars until the middle of this week due to concerns about collecting enough funds for his bond, which was set at $150,000.

With the 10% cash payment customarily made to secure bond, Zimmerman's family needed $15,000 for him to make bail.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Hello, Scottish Mama.
    Our posts crossed.

    April 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Scottish Mama

    Good afternoon Joey.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Scottish Mama

    @Joey I am aware. Correct I was saying I hope they have collected the evidence to prove or the lack of evidence will aquit Zimmerman. I was speaking of the collection and retention of the evidence.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bill

    Tray was a thug

    April 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Tooter

    Eventually we will all know the real story. I believe that Z will be found not guilty because of the stand your ground law. I believe that Tray over reacted to the white man asking him questions and attacked him. We will see what the facts show but I am hard to fool on something like this. If he had shot him in the back, different story but he was shot in the front while he was on top of Z. Lets see how close I am to the facts.

    April 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Chuck Taylor

    So in other words, unarmed people cant stand their ground only people with guns can?

    April 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Robert

    Matthew Owens

    April 24, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Liam

    NAACP, people shoul call it NAABP. Z will be free at the end.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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