Zimmerman released from jail
July 6th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Zimmerman released from jail

George Zimmerman - a Florida man charged with murder in the February shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin - was released from jail on Friday, a day after a judge set a new bail amount.

A Florida judge on Thursday set a $1 million bail with new restrictions on Zimmerman (pictured), saying he believes the suspect may have been planning to flee the country to avoid prosecution in the killing of Martin.

Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.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

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  1. Brad

    What a bad bit of 'reporting'. Tells us little more than nothing.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ellen

    his bail was too low.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bonnie Hawkins

    I hope he doesnt flee the country I never trust someone that is un truthfull from the start Still very tragic all around

    July 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Doe

    Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I'm free at last.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    First comment woo!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    Glad he is out. He certainly doesn't deserve spending any more time, at all, in jail.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MEE

      he dont need be any day now

      July 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dominique

      he killed a young man. That's not enough reason for him to be in jail?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      I can't imagine the pain of a parent losing their child, and the killing of Trevor, a human being, is tragic.
      Having said that, were Z intent on murder, or any illegal act, I can't believe he would first call the police, and then keep them on the line. I called the police once when a big guy was looking into my neighbor's car. If the "perp" had seen me, does that give him the right to run up and beat my head?
      I think the big failure in all this is Florida. At first they did nothing. Only after a vocal outcry did they send in someone who "always convicts". Then they let Z go on bail, apparently having no internet access to learn that he has been receiving donations (wasn't the public represented at his bail hearing????)
      Then there is the "stand your ground" law. If the law exists, and Zimmerman used it, how can he be convicted?
      Florida = d or fail

      July 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Canadian Hobo

    Good for him. Hate to see anyone in jail because they shot a punk kid that was attaching him.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ellen

      The kid was minding his own business until Georgie boy showed up, if not for his actions that young man would still be alive today.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AL In Palm Beach County, FL

    I thought his lawyer said the bail was too high and that his family was going to STRUGGLE to raise that kind of money.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      He got money after the fact because millions of whites donated to him, because we're sick of seeing whites get railroaded when they're defending themselves from criminal blacks.

      If he let the n.... bludgeon him to death it wouldn't have even been in a local newspaper, because liberals cover up black crime.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sunny in ak

    I thought the judge said he was a flight risk ? I think the judge is incompentent and should recuse himself.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. halfpint

    I think it's dangerous that they have him staying in that county. Now everyone has a smaller haystack to find him. He may be better off in jail hiding in solitary than out where people are going to taunt him or worse.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Hopefully he gets the "or worst" part...

      July 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JC White

    So what are the new restrictions? If the judge believes he would flee why let him out? It's not like the $100K to post his share of the bail is coming out of Zimmerman's pocket!!!!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonya

      It is all about money for the lawyers and the courts. Don't you know?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alan

    More lies from Attorney and Zimmerman, earlier today "no way to post collateral" for the bail, and he is out again.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. me

    Will the black panthers still pay a bounty for zimmermans head? will good ol Al, and Jessie going to be on camera sturring up hatred?......meanwhile in Chicago 30 Black people, women and children included are murdered this week by other black people. But the panthers and al,jessie are too busy getting a non black guy who might be guilty.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany in Seattle

      What does any of that have to do with this craziness? You are using other craziness to justify this. Dont make ridiculous comments. Also, what do you mean by 'might' be guilty. You do agree that Zimmerman was the one who decided to ignore 911, began to follow then subsequently shot an unarmed man (who if anything was the one trying to defend himself)... Please – do tell how Zimmerman is now somehow the innocent victim....??

      July 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Patrick

    Lester imposed new restrictions on Zimmerman that he did not face when he was out on bond the first time.

    Zimmerman must report to officials every two days, cannot open or maintain a bank account and cannot be on the property of an airport. He also cannot apply for or obtain a passport.

    Zimmerman must abide by a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and like before, will be monitored electronically.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      not enough if you ask me, he lied.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      He's 45 minutes from the ocean. He cuts the monitor, jumps into a car trunk, gets to a boat offshore, hides on it and gets to Cuba in 4 hours or Mexico in 24.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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