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Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.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

    If he would have stayed in his car none of this would have happened and his family wouldn't have to go through all this.... SIMPLY RIDICULOUS!!!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      If you had just stayed off the internet, we never would have known what a fool you are.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvanman

      Just saying...if a bunch of thugs, like him, hadn't committed 8/ robberies recently this might not have happened and if he would not have attacke Zim he would still be alive as well! Put the blame where it belongs! On thugs of his type!

      July 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. george_w_tush

    I bet 100% of the people funding Zimmerman are republicans. I guess the govt is just waiting until he 'accidently' kills another innocent teen again

    July 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvanman

      Wow g.w tush, accidentally killed an innocent teen? WOW! You are so dilusional! How about defended himself against a thug? Seems to match up alot better!

      July 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    You call people biggots because they don't go with your thoughs and ideas? You sound like a racist pig just like Al Sharpton.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank Nigliazzo

    "Purple drank" also has codeine cough syrup in it. Did Martin also have codeine cough syrup on him when Zimmerman shot him? Maybe I should go ask former Raiders QB, JaMarcus Russell; he's an expert on drank.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sweety

    MR. Zimmerman you deserve to be FREE !!! Street PUNK get what he ask for !!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeffalert

    Everything Jeff has stated will be reported as abusive commentary

    July 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bvanman

    Good deal! Innocent people should not be behind bars!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Richard Roe

    "Paul" sounds like he's going to get an unpleasant Trayvoning some day when he decides that he has the "right" to attack someone for looking at him funny or asking him a question he doesn't like.

    Looking forward to reading about Paul's introduction to reality.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reneé Stephanie

    You racists aren't helping his case much, the idea is that he was defending himself not out to kill a young Black man... oh and Jeff, please go read a book and quit spewing your hate on the internet...

    July 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Nigliazzo

      Thank you...

      July 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ph

      In Florida, the reality is that Hispanic is "a Spanish-speaking person living in the US, especially one of Latin American descent." Spare us the lesson as it is plug for you, not the article at hand.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reneé Stephanie

      In FLORIDA you guys seem to have it a bit backwards... And you're right I should learn to spare the lessons for in-breeds who will have difficulty comprehending anyway. thanks for the advice Floridian...

      July 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jayson

    For all the clowns on here claiming he is a liar it isn't like beating the lie detector test is that easy to beat.

    And I seriously doubt the people who donated money meant for the money to go towards bail instead of a decent attorney....

    July 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Flipper

    No longer care.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brandon Kearney

    None of this really matters if Zimmerman is ultimately convicted and sentenced to 40 years for murder. That would be interesting to see. Either way that this comes out for him he is and will always be a on the public dole, i.e., either he will be in prison and people are taxed to support him, or if he is acquitted he will have to be supported for 40 years by people donating to keep him in safe houses, etc. to keep someone from attempting revenge on him.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chubbykinz

      Let's assume the possibility that he's innocent, since it's absolutely possible, and likely depending on who you ask. Wouldn't it be a shame for an innocent man to have to live in fear for the rest of his life for being wrongly convicted in the public eye for a crime he didn't commit?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      He will get a new I.D. and his records will be sealed, nothing more, and nothing less.. By the way, I am sure he will have plenty of lawsuits to take care of him for the rest of his life, without the publics help.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • GATORFANATIC

      Please give me one example of ..."he will have to be supported for 40 years by people having to donate...." I'd love to see one person "having to donate"...

      July 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      When Zimmerman is acquitted, he will be allowed to own and carry a gun again.

      None of those posturing pus sies in the Black Panthers are going to do anything about revenge. They're gutless thugs who were only willing to go after Zimmerman when they knew he was disarmed and they had a mob at their back.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. george_w_tush

    So a judge that has been lied to & says he believes the suspect may have been planning to flee the country to avoid prosecution in the killing of Martin gets released for a 2nd time.Gotta luv "ameriKKKa"

    July 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're stupid

      Please realize it's not about race. It's about the law and judicial system. Stop thinking there are hidden motives and agendas behind every decision that you think is wrong.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Never mind the Judge violated Zimmerman's civil rights, by locking him up in the first place with no evidence to support the prosecutions b.s.. How nice that we live in country that still thinks witch hunting is okay.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. james648

    you can't provoke a fight, get your butt kicked, then pull a gun, shoot and kill the the guy that just kicked your butt, and then say. "whoa, self defense!"

    July 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      No, but they might be able to whittle the charge down to manslaughter.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ripper

      You can apparently in Florida.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • duckforcover

      Apparently you can. Go figure!?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ripper

      I think that the prosecution should go for a manslaughter charge to even have a chance in Florida. I'm done spending anymore time in Florida. Not a safe place when anyone can chase you down,start a fight with you. Oh and then kill you in the name of self defense. Shame on Florida law and the NRA.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      But you can certainly use a gun to stop someone who is ILLEGALLY trying to MURDER you from completing their CRIMINAL ATTACK.

      Trayvon Martin would be alive today if he had kept his hands to himself, instead of trying to get some thug-justice on a smaller man who committed the NON-CRIME of asking Trayvon what we was doing on private property.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    I'm guessing he had a "hundred" or maybe "ten tens" stashed away somewhere.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
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