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Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.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

    Zimmerman was not a police officer. He had no right to go after Trayvon. That is what the police are paid for and trained to do. Zimmerman was not in imminent danger. He had no business gunning down this kid.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realitylover

      Wrong Hogbreath! He had every right to do so. Observe and report numb numb, and he DID call the police before he was assulted by travon, remember, the Z man was hit first.

      Stay classy libs!!! LMAO!

      July 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      So if I dribble your head off the concrete for a while, you won't have anything to complain about?

      July 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Net Press

    For many of you here, Is this really about innocent or guilty? Or is it about the race? Come on, Tell the truth.
    Bottom line, Jorge (hor-kheh) hunt down and killed tryvon. Jorge is a cold blooded killer. By the way take a llok at his wife, she even looks more criminal than the husband. I wish they would have flee so we all would have know.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. paratrooper1

    To base a opinion on a gut feeling and then use backwards reasoning to rationalize your position is a fail. Try looking at ALL the evidence with an open mind first, and then coming to a conclusion. Some of you sound like you have never listened to the 911 tape, the witness tapes, done any research what so ever. And leave any racist feeling outside while you do it. That goes both ways.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvanman

      paratrooper..who are you? Switerland? What is your stance?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ph

    Tough sell to the public when you look like a thug, talk like a thug on your FB page, wear gold teeth.
    Cop wannabe ran into gangsta wannabe in the rain and the dark. One had a gun and the other was a minor, neither knew the others cards. And no one will ever know the truth. That is called DOUBTwhether I like it or not.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. afatalpapercut

    I don't care if he's guilty or not, it's irrelevant to the point I'm about to make....

    Taxpayers paid for his incarceration and now his release....I know it's a state's taxpayers that support the judicial system of their home state or whatever...but seriously the dude knows how to work the system somehow that's for sure. Guilty or not this dude is finding a helluva way to have the last laugh.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard Roe

    Bring it, Sarah.

    Bring your violent criminal acts.

    We're getting tired of tolerating black criminals and their racist attacks on whites, on asians, on hispanics.

    You're one-eighth of the population and you want to start a race war? I don't think you're going to like how that works out.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carl

    You will support the Zimmermans until a Zimmerman kills your teenager!!! Karma! What goes around comes around! Remember that when it's your turn to cry!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvanman

      Carl, I hate to break it to you, but my kid will never be a Trayvon. Reasons A. We raised/are raisng them right. B. They do not fit the profile, mostly because we raise them right. C. My kids have respect and will never be worthless gansta thugs. Your support for the thug makes me believe you have done the opposite with your kids.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      My kids aren't smoking weed and breaking into houses and stealing jewelry.

      My kids aren't out wandering around at night with no supervision.

      My kids keep their hands to themselves.

      So I'm not too worried about them running into George Zimmerman.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Will

    Why do whites feel like they can gun down innocent children? What's wrong with this country? What a sick society. I pray for our future.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • KMFJ

      I'm white and I don't "Gun Down" innocent children. Regard race, if a person man, women, child, black, white, yellow, blue, orange, ect murders anyone, especially an unarmed child they should be held accountable.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvanman

      will, he is not white...he is hisoanic white. It was his hispanic side that pulled the gun. His white side would have beat him to death!

      July 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      "Innocent children" DO NOT punch a victim in the face, pin the victim to the ground, & attempt to kill the victim by bashing the victim's head on the concrete. Those are the acts of a criminal.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      Why do blacks make up one-eighth of the population but commit over HALF of all the violent crimes and murders?

      Why is "death at the hands of another black man" the greatest threat to a young black man?

      Why are you whining about "whites" killing children when hundreds of young black men have been murdered by other black men since February, versus how many by whites?

      July 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • NunYerBizness

      Ok so it's offensive and racist if we say all blacks are thugs...but it is ok for Mr Will to say all whites gun down little kids. Who's the hypocrite now?

      July 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phil--midwest

    I sit here and read the responses from you people, and all I can say is you cannot fix one wrong with another. Some guy on here seems to keep mentioning the murders in Chicago listen the black community has been torn apart by design; almost every black community is filled with the same b.s liquor stores, abandoned houses, and guns. You think black people gathered around and said we want our neighborhoods to look this way, we want violence, no. I just will end with this a time is coming when we will come together and stop asking for help from outside influences and fix our neighborhoods from the ground up. Like always when we come together a certain group of people seem to get nervous, and you will slander our movement with propaganda, and non-sense but we will not accept defeat.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ripper

    The state of Florida lawmakers screwed up on this one.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KMFJ

    As a U.S Citizen I demand Zimmerman be taken off the streets I WALK ON. He is a child murderer and does humanity no good.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvanman

      KIMF, wrong, he is a thug killer in self defense! And did us all a great favor!

      July 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      There has been no trial & it is extremely that this man will ever be convicted. When a person is being beaten & their life is endangered, they have a right to use lethal force. Especially when the attacker(Trayvon) is larger, heavier, & in in a position that pins the smaller person in place unable to dislodge the attacker by other means. Defense is not murder.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pretzelogic

    Is there going to be another race riot if Zim is found not guilty ?

    July 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      If there were a lack of racism in the black community, Pretzelogic, There would be no race riots. Sadly; looking at the messages from people who refuse to see this as anything but racially motivated... I think that there is a possibility that innocent people will die when justice is done.
      The sad thing is these bigots will not see themselves as the racist murderers they are if they riot & kill people. They are not rational to begin with for wanting vengeance on the victim, rather than justice.

      July 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. teanna

    enough already , this is childish . african americans are NOT the only people that have does something bad in this world . this is nothing but discrimination . blacks vs whites ? this ISN'T the 1800's . GROW UP .

    July 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvanman

      Ture,blacks do not commit ALL of the crimes! just over half of them And being olny 15 percent of a population, that is really saying something! Definatly working overtime in the thug department!

      July 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MmmRocks

    Are the repeated lies that he's told about his lack of financial resources admissible in court? I'm not saying whether George Zimmerman is guilty or not but he's demonstrated some serious character issues. He lied in the e-mails to the police leading up to the incident regarding the neighborhood watch he set up, he's lied multiple times about his "lack" of financial resources, he's assaulted a police officer before and he's been mandated to alcohol education classes by court. Not to mention his story about what happened the night of the shooting, especially whether or not Martin grabbed for his gun or not, has changed multiple times.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MmmRocks

    Don't you think it's a bit hypocritical to claim that every time a black person shoots a white person it's a hate crime, yet claim that Zimmerman shooting Martin is not a hate crime? Please keep the bigotry to yourself.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      It was a hate crime! GZ hated being sucker-punched by that little angel Trayvon. And he hated getting a busted nose, and he hated getting his head beat into the ground, and he hated being pinned to the ground...so he defended himself from great bodily harm because he hated the thought of being killed by Trayvon...so he shot him. Definitely a hate crime if you ask me.

      July 7, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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