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Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.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

    Whomever donated money to this guy will be very upset when he gets convicted.

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

      haha- learn English.

      it is you're. I know that 7 year-old kids can master it, try to join them.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      He will not get convicted. There is no doubt in my mind that he killed in self defense. If he had no wounds maybe he would have no claim to self defense. As soon as I saw the photos I changed my mind about the eposode and realized that he indeed killed in self defense.

      July 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan_Tex

    and I thought just yesterday his attorney was saying that bail wa way to high and Z's family could in no way raise it. This guy lies as much as his client does.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sarah

    Another white man will walk away free from another murder......!!!, the black community has been ignored once again !!

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

      The "black community" didn't seem too upset about ignoring the hundreds of young black men who have been murdered by other young black men in the months since Trayvon assumed room temperature.

      If the "black community" doesn't care about those hundreds of young black men, why should we be expected to care about one who got himself shot trying to murder a decent man?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sick Of It All

      Are you serious? I do believe that the black community has not been ignored at all in this entire disaster. It's so ridiculous for you to even say that. That is all that has been discussed is how this trial affects the black community. Everyone decided long ago he was guilty of murder BEFORE his trial. I still believe in the rights of citizens–guilty or innocent, Americans have the right to a fair trial. I'm not sure this guy even had a chance at a fair trial from the beginning.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're stupid

      I know it's hard for you to understand so I'll try to put it simply...it is not a race thing my dear. It's about the law and our judicial system. This is just how these things work. Let the process take it's course and stop feeling like there are hidden agendas and motives behind every decision that you don't agree with.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Forreal

    Cause he shot a punk kid that was 'attacking' him. Only because he followed that PUNK. Would have been a non issue if he hadn't pursued him first.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Commenter

    Watch as all the uneducated minorities go into an uproar, its like Rodney King all over again.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard Roe

    You mean like Zimmerman suddenly being defined as "White" by the media when "Hispanic" didn't get the traction they wanted?

    July 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GH

    You mean from Zimmerman's supporters, right?

    July 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sarah

    How many innocent people needs to be killed in order for us to realize that guns need to be banned?

    July 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      Not going to happen.

      You want our guns? Come and try to take 'em. We'll let you have the bullets first.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatev!!!

      Sarah, zip it. Guns don't need to be banned. Idiots that have guns to make them feel tough need to be banned. A tough guy with a gun kills a kid because he feels threatened.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're stupid

      Guns aren't the problem. Odd how your other post you are convicting Zimmerman without allowing a fair trial and spewing racial hate in your posts. Now it's guns you are blaiming. So are you saying it's the guns fault and Zimmerman should be found not guilty?
      Frankly, it sounds like you just want to blame anyone and everything instead of waiting for the facts and the process to take it's course.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GH

    Reply to Jeff: "Liberals cover up black crime" - really? Watch your TV news again - it spotlights stories about black crime more than about black achievement.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      LOL crimes by black far outnumber achievments

      July 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      Blacks commit over half the murders in the US, even though they make up only one-eighth of the US population.

      Some "achievement" there.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      The media

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

    Finally, hopefully they will soon realize what a farce this whole thing is and just let the poor man go already.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennymay

      Why would you know more about what sort of farce it is better than the judge?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

      Yeah, what a farce it is to think that in America today, a man can not even murder a young, black child in cold blood without having to go through court and all lthat phoney stuff. Almost comical isn't it? Would you be laughing so hard if it had been your son or daugther that this creepy, evil, fat monster killed? Maybe not so funny then, huh?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shin

    Disgusted but expected. You don't get to claim "self defense" for a fight you started. Mr. Zimmerman slipped up on an "accidental azz" whipping, that he initiated. Go figure.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabrielle

      I totally agee..Zimmerman started that fight. Who are the fools that are paying this liars bail? We are in 2012..The remarks are unnessary. At least act like you have some sense when you post your hate. Oh wait..Haters dont have sense

      July 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • fk Y T

      I agree with shin

      July 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      So George Zimmerman "started" the fight and has no injuries on his hands. He does have injuries to his face and the back of his head.

      And Trayvon was the "victim" yet had no injuries besides the fatal gunshot wound. Oh, and the wounds on his knuckles.

      The physical evidence supports Zimmermans's claim of being assaulted. And shows nothing at all to support your wishful thinking about Zimmerman being the aggressor.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tc

    He unnecessarily created a situation that ended with him killing a kid. That alone warrants jail time.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      "Unnecessarily creating a situation" = asking a 17 year old gang member/drug addict/thief why he's scoping out houses in your neighborhood, when you catch him scoping out houses in your neighborhood while in possession of drug paraphernalia (look up "purple drank" - skittles and fruit drink are two of the main ingredients), and then getting assaulted

      July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      I sincerely don't see it that way. Z did nothing illegal. He called the police and watched a suspiscious character. If, in your world, someone looking at you justifies you attacking them, then I don't want your world.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      The law - and the facts - disagree.

      Trayvon Martin unlawfully initiated an assault.

      Trayvon Martin used potentially deadly force when he started smashing Zimmerman's head into a concrete sidewalk.

      Zimmerman did what any police officer in that situation would have done: he lawfully used deadly force in order to stop a deadly CRIMINAL assault.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realitylover

      To bad the LAW won't see it that way numb numb. Once travon touched him, it doesn't matter what lead up to it. Assult is Assult and defendable with deadly force PERIOD I confronted a guy sneaking around my home at 3am wearing all black, he knew I was serious and we talked it out, turns out he was my neighbors friend in from out of town and he went on his way. Yes, I was EXTREAMLY aggressive when I confronted him. He was smart and complied. He lived to see another day, unlike travon.. Stay classy libs! LOL

      July 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jon

    He either has a really good lawyer or a really stupid judge.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      You forgot Option C: "both of the above"

      July 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabrielle

      I agree!!! What gets me is that Jeff is saying as many lies as Zimmerman. Where has it said that Trayvon was in a gang. Daym the story is bad enough without adding to it. the boy was walking home minding his own business. Zimmerman is a want to be cop. He is thumbing his nose at the law and that court..And to those that are sending money to help him should be ashamed. I pray it is not your child that this happens to.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. llgarski

    Wow. Let this racist fool go, and don't be surprised when he takes off!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terry Vann

    "This court has, thus far, declined to exercise its contempt powers and the state failed to prove that the defendant may be held without bond," the order said.

    For JC White: The court said the above! There is law, and court administrative procedures are involved!"

    His passport has been turned over to the court, and it may be that he's subject to electronic monitoring according to one local report

    July 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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