Zimmerman's new bail set at $1 million
July 5th, 2012
11:43 AM ET

Zimmerman's new bail set at $1 million

A Florida judge set the new bail amount for George Zimmerman - a Florida man charged with murder in the February shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin - at $1 million on Thursday.

It was unclear how quickly Zimmerman (pictured) could post the bail and be released from jail. His attorney argued that Zimmerman should not be jailed because the state's case is weak and his claim of self-defense is strong.

Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.

Leading up to the judge's decision Thursday, Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara asked the judge to set the same $150,000 bail amount that he granted in April. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda countered that Zimmerman should remain in jail without bail because he was complicit in lying to the court and can't be trusted.

Zimmerman, who says he shot the unarmed Martin in self-defense, could stay in jail until his eventual trial or could be released Thursday if he posts bail. He would not have to post the full amount. Only a percentage is needed to make bail.

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  1. ronvan

    And unless I heard it wrong, the judge stated that he thought Z might be planning to leave the country!? IF true, then this is NOT the actions of an innocent person! YES, a jury is going to have to decide this one. Just to many unanswered questions right now. What about when Z said he had to go to a cross street because he did not know their names? Wouldn't you THINK that if a neighbor hood watch person, you would know the names of the streets in your area? For me, it is the fact that Z "picked out" Martin, followed him, disobeyed a "lawfull order" from 911 to stop, has "fined tuned" his story, mislead the court about monies available, wife a participant! I am not sure if we will ever know the real story. He gave up his rights to a speedy trial. Guess he was thinking that this would just go away. KEEP him in jail until his trial!!

    July 6, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Pull your heads out. Zimmerman is AT LEAST guilty of manslaughter. The jury will decide the penalty. Who knows? His peers might be people who think life isn't worth much. If i were Zimmermans attorney, during jury selection I would do my best to keep pro-abortion peeps off the jury. Ditto people convicted of turning their dogs loose on a youngster stealing their newspaper or something stupid.

    July 6, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • @Philip

      What kind of outlandish bs is THIS????

      July 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Lol. Christians fled Jerusalem when Roman armies, after laying siege to that city for two years (even building a fende around the entire city) unexpectadly withdrew. Jews stayed, Christians ran away. Who were the truly guilty? Roman armies returned and destroyed the Jewish Temple.
    Just because you run doesn't mean you are guilty. I've ran from the law myself. I once beat the sh/t out of a policeman TOTALLY in self defense, and was charged with assaulting him!

    July 6, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • @Philip

      As you should have been. You should have been charged with attempted murder, also. You murder words everyday.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    *Fence, rather. Roman armies built a fence...nothing came in or out of Jerusalem for four years, except the above mentioned Christians. According to this history as recorded by Josephus, it got so bad, Jewish women were eating their own babies to maintain their own life[style choice]

    July 6, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • @Philip

      You are willfully ignorant. That fence was designed to starve out the people, and it worked. People do strange things when they have killed and eaten all of their livestock. Your point is pointless, but I am sure you are EXTREMELY glad that there were a few less Jews for you to make fun of!!!

      July 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Obama Mama

    If Trayvon is on the phone with his girlfriend and he is telling his story to her and is abrubtly disconnected, doesn't that tell you he was confronted by Zimmerman. He was close enough to be confrontational. Where was his phone found? Many unanswered questions that if the police, detectives and prosecutors need to make known, alot to prove or disprove. Timeing is also important. To put this all together is critical in putting together the phone calls from his girlfiend, phone call from Zimmerman, the witnesses and when the police arrived. Also the place where Trayvon was laying, eyewitness accounts, tapes of the scene, what transpired at the police station, and emts testimony. Many factors and evidence that we have not seen or heard. I just hope the witnesses are able to come forward, without fear, and tell the truth. Truth will be the key here and Zimmerman does not seem to be the messenger of truth. His new lawyer can spin it anyway he wishes, a lie is still a lie.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      The Sanford police are on the hot seat on this one as well being the exchiefs son being implicated in a beating death of a homeless man and the police department being caught trying to cover it up..They never should have let him walk and upon his initial disappearence for some time from lawyers and everyone else because of him hiding something from police that could be incriminating to his alibi..He's guilty and it'll show even without Trayvons side of the story to further drive the murder verdict home..Zimmerman is an unstable cop wanne be who really never measured up,that's why he volunteered for community watch.If killing a thug would secure him a spot on the local police department roster,the result from being a hero,let it be Trayvon because he wasn't known and Zimmerman could lie about him and no one the wiser for it but him..That's why he went to the community college for law enforcement school to be a cop,at any price,even Trayvons..

      July 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Obama Mama

    @philip- it is Florida- who knows what will be decided.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    It is manslaughter. The penalty for manslaughter in the State of Florida will be decided by a jury of Zimmermans peers.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @philip – also the the home of Casey Anthony, is what I was referring to. Good morning philip.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • @Philip

      grrrrrrr.....don't let go of that bone now....oh, I forgot, you hate dogs to.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Even if Zimmerman accidentally killed Trayvon, it is manslaughter.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @philip even if the shoot to defend yourself? I think it depends on if the prosecution puts on a coherant prosecution or all may be lost in the detail. We shall see. I think I will keep track of this one, Florida likes to show the laundry.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    This guy and his wife have shown themselves to be "slick" characters and the judge knows that! His conditions and bond $ are tight for that reason. As time goes on, lots of other interesting info on this guy will emerge showing his wannabe kop mentality and other antisocial bents.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      True. But will the prosecution be effective and put all this to use? We can only hope.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
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