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Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.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

    I'm not a bail agent, but I've heard that bail bondsmen charge a client ten percent of the cash bond amount to spring them from the hoosegow. Will Zimmerman be required to post the entire $1 million to free himself from the clutches of the local constabulary?

    July 5, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frank Nigliazzo

    Hmmmm, guess not.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew Campbell

    This is ridiculous. This guy is not a murderer. He is a normal man who was put in a tragic situation. 90% of the public would have acted the same way Zimmerman did. 1 million dollar bail...? Cause everyone can afford that...ridiculous.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      Don't worry I'm certain there are lot's of stupid people out there who will help financially. Donors please step up.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • merzydoats

      Really Andrew? 90% of us would do what he did? First, if I were doing neighborhood watch in my area, my only job, as explained to our community by the police when they set up the watch program, is to call in what I see. I am not to follow anyone, challenge anyone, or provide more than basic information (approximate age, height, race, clothing, size, vehicle, etc.). I've never heard of a watch person being attached unless it was retaliatory after the person had been arrested and made bail. Zimmerman put himself in this situation. The $1M bail is because HE LIED TO THE COURT!!! Dumb, DUmb, DUMb, DUMB!!!!

      July 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. darealism

    @Andrew was PUT in a tragic situation? HE PUT HIMSELF in the situation when officers and dispatchers advised him not to.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • deb

      NO, police did NOT advise him...only dispatchers told him he SHOULD not follow...should is the key word. It is not against the law to follow anyone. He never put his hands on the Thug. Zim was returning to his truck when the Thug came after him and JUMPED him from behind...THEN Zim stood his ground....so the Thug never even had a reason to stand his ground since Zim NEVER put his hands on the Thug......Zim was jumped from behind, had his head bashed to the concrete and he killed the Thug in self defense....End of story...All he needs is ONE not guilty vote on that jury...ONLY ONE...Zim will walk.....Riot away....We are ready

      July 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Yeah, Deb cause you were there. Or is that just the liar (about being indigent and a second passport) Zimmermans version.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The 911 operater said "we don't need you to do that".
      There was no "should" involved.

      GZ has such a sterling character; he will most likely mess this up, too.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Datruth

      ok why is the now slain team a Thug? You don't know him nor were you there. The bottom line Is that he was committing NO crime and be anywhere he wanted. Zimmerman should have left well enough alone. If he thought something was up then let the POLICE handle it. Not some wanna be vigilante.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr Dalloway

    It's great to be a creep in America as they are treated so well. The guy should be hanged.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • deb

      Actually the guy should get an award for killing a neighborhood THUG. Bet the home burlaries go down now....The Thug DID have womens jewelry and other home items on him...He also threatened a school bus driver prior to his death. If Zim did not kill him...the Thug would have killed him....

      July 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Deb Trayvon Martin did not have any womens jewelry or other items on him. You are fabricating imaginary bs.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rnsone

    Racists get your checkbooks ready! For your hero needs your help! Remember he has done what you have fantasized about,which is stalk, hunt,and kill a young black male.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr Dalloway

    Hey deb... Z's gonna get lots of 'hugs" in prison, if you know what I mean?

    July 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr Dalloway

    Send in the redneck clowns.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. merzydoats

    Don't ever lie to the court. Don't lie to the court! It's really that simple. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

    July 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. expolied

    He was out once already on bail and missed it up he will mess this up too

    July 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr Dalloway

    So now you see that it really does pay to lie in court.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    A miilion dollar bond is not unusual in cases involving manslaughter. It might be a bit high for a holy man accused of boy raype, but for a case where actual blood was spilled and not just a few drops from a torn rectum it seems fair.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    I already judged this case.The Zimmer Man is guilty of manslaughter and must serve 7 years in prison. Upon his release, he will be sold into slavery to the family he robbed of life.
    Trayvon paid with his life. This court has no hold nor authority over him as he rests in peace from all this. Trayvon has a clean-slate with any authority.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Anna

    I can not believe all these people referring to this child as a THUG repeatedly! Black or white shooting an unarmed child in my book is wrong. This young man could of lived his life if it was not for his unfortunate encounter with this Zim. You cry for all the missing children who's remains are found a week later but when it happens in front of you.... You have nothing but excuses.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tesla

      Not child. Adolescent.

      Physically adult. Mentally, well, not so much.

      Which is probably why he made the poor choice (fueled by male adolescent rage and hormones) to attack Zimmerman.

      Also, unarmed does not mean not dangerous. I am 6'3", 270 lbs. I'm not in great shape, but I'm still capable of directing a decent amount of force through my body. If I can split a coconut on the ground one-handed with one or two strikes, it shouldn't take much more to split a head open.

      The way I see it, the fact that George had a gun didn't even come fully into play until he shot Trayvon. This is true regardless of whether we accept George's account that he lost Trayvon, or Dee Dee's account that Trayvon evaded George and got near his house. He had a concealed-carry permit and open-carry is legal in most states. So, one of three things happened:

      1: Trayvon did not see the gun, as it was properly concealed. May have attacked out of overconfidence.

      2: Trayvon did see the gun tucked into its holster. Why would you engage with an armed man when you have maneuvering room?

      3: George was brandishing his firearm. In that case, WHY WOULD YOU ENGAGE AN ARMED AND READIED MAN IF YOU HAD AN ESCAPE OPPORTUNITY?

      2 and 3 are unlikely anyway. Most people with concealed carry permits try to keep the fact that they are armed a secret. Less chance of freaking out somebody and getting the cops called on you. And most people wouldn't start brandishing a weapon if they knew the cops were on their way. Additionally, most armed people wouldn't start a confrontation with fists if they have a handgun.

      George made a lot of bad decisions, but none of them were illegal up until the shot (maybe). In fact, it's true that neither performed any illegal actions until the first physical contact. Whoever swung first is guilty, and the other is not. Right now, my interpretation of the evidence is that Trayvon swung first, so George should be acquitted.

      July 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. calvin

    This man and his wife have both lied and yet he will still go free. Whether he is innoncent or not, something is wrong with this whole ordeal. I truly pray God will allow the truth to prevail

    July 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
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