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Zimmerman released from jail

George Zimmerman is seen leaving jail early Monday morning.

George Zimmerman is seen leaving jail early Monday morning.

MIAMI (AP) — In a low-key event, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a paper bag as he walked out of the jail around midnight Sunday. He was following another man and didn't look over at photographers gathered outside. The two then got into a white BMW car and drove away.

No questions were shouted at Zimmerman from members of the news media at the scene, and he gave no statement.

His ultimate destination is being kept secret for his safety and it could be outside Florida.

As with the July 2011 release of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman acquitted of murder in the death of her young daughter, Zimmerman was released around midnight. But the similarities end there. Anthony was quickly whisked away by deputy sheriffs armed with rifles as angry protesters jeered her. While news helicopters briefly tracked her SUV through Orlando before she slipped from public view, there was no such pursuit of Zimmerman, who will have to return for trial.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said at a hearing Friday that Zimmerman cannot have any guns and must observe a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman also surrendered his passport.

Zimmerman had to put up 10 percent, or $15,000, to make bail. His father had indicated he might take out a second mortgage.

Zimmerman worked at a mortgage risk-management company at the time of the shooting and his wife is in nursing school. A website was set up to collect donations for Zimmerman's defense fund. It is unclear how much has been raised.

Bail is not unheard of in second-degree murder cases, and legal experts had predicted it would be granted for Zimmerman because of his ties to the community, because he turned himself in after he was charged last week, and because he has never been convicted of a serious crime.

Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot Martin, 17, during an altercation on Feb. 26 inside the gated community where Zimmerman lived. Martin was unarmed and was walking back to the home of his father's fiancée when Zimmerman saw him, called 911 and began following him. A fight broke out — investigators say it is unknown who started it.

Zimmerman says Martin, who was visiting from Miami, attacked him. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense, citing Florida's "stand your ground" law, which gives broad legal protection to anyone who says they used deadly force because they feared death or great bodily harm.

Zimmerman was not charged for over six weeks, sparking national protests led by Martin's parents, civil rights groups and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is from Peru.

Earlier Sunday, Zimmerman's attorney was working to secure the money for bail and a safe place for Zimmerman to stay. But residents in Sanford, where Martin was killed, didn't expect a ruckus once Zimmerman was released.

On Friday, a Florida judge agreed to let Zimmerman out on $150,000 bail. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara has said there are several options for where Zimmerman should go, but would not disclose any of them. Lester on Friday indicated Zimmerman would be allowed to leave the state if arrangements with law enforcement could be made for him to be monitored.

He was fitted with an electronic device when he was released Sunday, according to a statement from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

Now, when will we see some arrests made for the death threats against his family and himself? How about the Panthers with their dead or alive poster offering $10,000. Had the KKK put that out on a Blackman, they would all be in jail.

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Somebody 2 years, 6 months ago

Never!!!! It's okay to threaten the lives of non black people and place bounties on them and threaten their lives. They should all be arrested and put in jail for making death threats.

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VSU 2 years, 6 months ago

Now if somebody was to shoot and kill Zimmerman....that unquestionably would be cold premeditated murder.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

.......but in no way could it be a hate crime.

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Hawk59 2 years, 6 months ago

First of all, the KKK, SKINHEADS, and all other hate groups need to be investigated and held accountable for their terrorist deeds. I read and hear people making threats against President Obama almost everyday, yet I don't see any of you complaining about them. We all have the right to voice an opinion, but at least try and use logic, and common sense. I am a frequent reader of this format and have come to the conclusion that, in Southwest Ga. The apples ( some of you ) didn't fall far from the tree ( your ancestors ). And as far as Zimmerman and this case is concerned... Let the CIRCUS begin.

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waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

From your lofty educated perch, would you care to tell us why the Justice Department didn't Persue charges against the Panters for intimidating voters?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Well since Eric Holder prohibited HIS Department of Justice from investigating people of color, I'm not holding my breath about anybody doing ANYTHING about the Black Panthers or any such outfit.

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 6 months ago

Hawk... I assume by "First of all" you mean your first point is that the KKK, skinhead groups, etc. need to be investigated. They have been and continue to be, though it sounds as if you think they are not. I sense a bit of exaggeration in your statement that you read and hear threats against President Obama almost everyday. If you are not exaggerating, you need to change what web sites you visit and who you hang out with. In any case how can we be expected to complain about what you see and hear? Apologies to Sister Ruby ;), but most of us can't read your mind. You have a duty to report such threats! You seem to be on the cusp of opining on the thread about the possibility of the New Black Panthers being investigated for putting a bounty out on Zimmerman. I am interested to know if you believe they should be investigated and, if found to have violated laws, should they be brought to trial?

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VSU 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm guessing he thinks they should not be investigated.

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Hawk59 2 years, 6 months ago

I refuse to argue back and forth defending my comments, or opinions. However, you did bring up one good point. If the Black Panther Party is investigated and found guilty for wrongdoing. They should also be held accountable. But don't get it twisted! Unlike the KKK, SKINHEADS,and other hate groups. The BLACK PANTHER PARTY was not derived for the sole purpose of intimidation, terror, hate, and to preserve one's heritage. The BLACK PANTHER PARTY was born out of fear, frustration, and were mainly protectors, and a voice for the oppressed. If i were you, I would not be so worried about the BLACK PANTHER PARTY. Look at what it took for them to come about again. But at least they got your attention!

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 6 months ago

Hawk... You play the word game well. Do you think members of the NBPP SHOULD be investigated given the fact that they publicized a bounty for Zimmerman? As for comparing BPP (NBPP) and KKK, founders of the KKK would likely have used the same words you used ("fear, frustration...protectors") in explaining their reasons for existing. Hate within the group and a willingness to intimidate through terror certainly became the essence of the group. In this respect, I see little difference between the Panthers and the KKK. One huge difference, however, is that with the end of reconstruction, sympathetic political leaders made it possible for the KKK to get away with its tactics. Up to this point, the Panthers have not enjoyed such a luxury. Holder's seeming "blind eye" to issues regarding the NBPP should raise concerns. I am perplexed by your refusal to support your opinions. A logical, fact based defense is what is needed to bring opposing views closer to yours.

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tywebb 2 years, 6 months ago

the BPP IS a HATE group! what are you talking about? It MIGHT not have been started for the reasons you say, but it sure has evolved to intimidate, hate, cause terror, and preserve ones heritage!

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VSU 2 years, 6 months ago

I imagine every president in the United States and even other countries have received death threats at one time or another, some even succeeded, so don't give us that "Death Threats against Obama because he is black routine"

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tywebb 2 years, 6 months ago

Begin??? This circus started weeks ago? where were you? walking around with a hoodie on or something?

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 6 months ago

Due Process is color blind. get you some. I did.

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