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Zimmerman's bail set at $1M in Trayvon Martin case

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge ruled Thursday that George Zimmerman can be released from jail a second time on $1 million bond, saying he set the bail amount significantly higher because Zimmerman may have been hiding money as part of a plot to flee the country.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester had revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond last month after prosecutors told the judge Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had during an April bond hearing. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

"It is entirely reasonable for this court to find that, but for the requirement that he be placed on electronic monitoring, the defendant and his wife would have fled the United States with at least $130,000 of other people's money," Lester wrote.

Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing. Zimmerman and his wife did not mention the money then, and Shellie Zimmerman even said the couple had limited resources because she was a student and he wasn't working.

The judge made his decision after listening last week to Zimmerman's attorney and a forensic financial analyst explain why he wasn't more forthcoming.

The judge expressed his unhappiness with Zimmerman and said that his actions suggest a possibility that he was preparing to flee to avoid prosecution.

"Under any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system," Lester wrote in the order. "The defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so."

Lester said he was granting bond because Zimmerman posed no threat to the community, and Florida law requires that most defendants receive bond if they pose no threat and can assure their presence for trial. The judge's order requires Zimmerman to be electronically monitored and residing in Seminole County, prohibits him from opening a bank account or obtaining a passport and implements a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman had been allowed to leave Florida under the conditions of his first bond release.

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

I RECALL THE GIST OF THE COMMENTS POSTED WHEN THIS STORY ORIGINALLY BROKE AND NOW I SENSE SOMEWHAT OF A JUMP FROM THE G.Z. IS CREDIBILE BANDWAGON.

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VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

Most people are prtobably tired of hearing about it.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

I think the Zimmerman Republicans have lost a little faith in him.....Even they are not happy that he lied to the judge....

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VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

And I am sure none of your hoodie bros have never lied to the judge.

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Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

Should have never been arrested in the first place. He is the victim of racism.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

He should have never followed Trayvon at all....He was told what to do....and he ignored it....and ended up killing a teenager.

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hayward2 2 years, 5 months ago

your right cartman,a 1 million dollar bond just proves that the black community has to be appeased. the judge fears a riot unless he makes an example out of Zimmerman.the Obama democrats should be happy now since they've already convicted him without a trial.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 5 months ago

Zimmerman is in the words of Coach “Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". Not to defend Zimmerman because unlike some here I do not know all the facts. Many facts are yet to be made public because they don’t fit the current political agenda but they will be coming. Both have a history that led to this encounter and their reactions during their encounter. Recent break-ins by black youths in Zimmerman’s Neighborhood and Trayvon being a follower of The Black Foot Soldier’s fist and boots teachings were two bad situations that collided. The real question is whether Zimmerman is found innocent or guilty will American Society have learned anything from this young man’s death?

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willie 2 years, 5 months ago

I wonder what the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION answer would be to that question.

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retireddude 2 years, 5 months ago

if the judge honestly felt the killer would flee why at any dollar amount would he let him out of jail?! i hope the child killer makes a successful break for it. sure he will loose the bond but his supporters have deep pockets.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

I honestly think because of the fact that Trayvon is dead and cannot testify...Zimmerman will walk.....Then he will have to hide for the rest of his life. Because if he ever gets caught........................

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 5 months ago

Coach can we be serious for just one moment?

You say if Zimmerman is found innocent he will have to hide for the rest of his life. My question is why does the Black Community show such outrage against a non-black who kills a black (for argument let’s say he is guilty) yet the Black Community accepts and allows black on black crimes even murder to go almost unnoticed? IT almost seems especially around here black on black is not viewed the same as anything else on black crimes. A point in case is the fights at the fireworks. Had that been white kids beating on blacks the Black Community would have banded together in a matter of minutes to protect the black kids, yet there has been almost no outrage from the Black Community against the black youths beating on each other.

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