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#2204003 - 04/20/12 12:05 PM Zimmerman Bail set @ $150,000
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
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Bail set at $150G for George Zimmerman while he awaits trial in Trayvon Martin shooting death

Published April 20, 2012

A Florida judge said George Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The judge said there is a possibility Zimmerman will be allowed to go out of state because of worries about his safety, but details need to be worked out among the attorneys and law enforcement.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Zimmerman cannot have any firearms, drink alcohol or use drugs and must observe a curfew. He will also have to wear an electronic monitoring device. The judge said Zimmerman will not be released Friday.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the 17-year-old's death during a February confrontation in a Sanford, Fla., gated community. He is claiming self-defense.

The bail for Zimmerman was announced shortly after he took the witness stand, telling the parents of Martin, "I am sorry for the loss of your son," but standing by his claim that he killed the teen in self-defense.

Zimmerman told Martin's parents, who were present in the courtroom, that he did not know that Martin was 17, or that he was unarmed during their February confrontation in the central Florida neighborhood.

"I did not know how old he was," Zimmerman said. "I thought he was a little younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not."

Zimmerman's wife and parents testified by phone earlier that he is not a violent person. Zimmerman's father told the courtroom that his son always "turns the other cheek."

But prosecutors asked Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, about two incidents they said demonstrate that he has a violent nature. In one case, Zimmerman took anger management courses after an undercover police officer said Zimmerman attacked him. In another instance, a former girlfriend accused Zimmerman of assaulting her.

Zimmerman appeared at the hearing wearing a suit but in shackles. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, surrendered his passport to the court at the start of the hearing.

The hearing took place just hours after ABC News released an exclusive photograph that claims to show the bloodied back of Zimmerman's head. The photo, reportedly taken three minutes after Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, appears to support Zimmerman's claim that Martin had bashed his head against concrete.

Click Here for Picture released by ABC News

Legal experts say factors in Zimmerman's favor include that he has ties to the local community and that he doesn't appear to be a flight risk since he turned in voluntarily after second-degree murder charges were filed against him last week. He also has never been convicted of a crime, which would indicate he doesn't pose a threat to society.

"Although it's not routine for people charged with murder to get bond, they do get bond, and I think there is an excellent argument to be made in his specific case for him to be released on bond," Randy McClean, a defense attorney who practices in Seminole County, about 15 miles northeast of Orlando, said.

Martin was walking home from a convenience store on Feb. 26 when Zimmerman spotted him from his truck and called police to report him as suspicious. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law, which eliminates a person's duty to retreat under threat of death or serious injury.

The lack of an arrest for 44 days spurred protests nationwide, several in Seminole County, in which participants chanted and held signs that said, "Arrest Zimmerman Now!" Anger over a delay in Zimmerman's arrest led to the Sanford police chief stepping down temporarily and the recusal of the prosecutor who normally handles cases out of Sanford. Sanford city officials were holding a town hall meeting Thursday to address some of the residual anger from the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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#2204019 - 04/20/12 12:46 PM Re: Zimmerman Bail set @ $150,000 [Re: hm1996]
HunterBear71 Offline
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Registered: 06/02/09
Posts: 2245
Loc: SC
ABC news is rather impressive lately.

#2204037 - 04/20/12 01:38 PM Re: Zimmerman Bail set @ $150,000 [Re: HunterBear71]
Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 4839
Loc: USA
I'm not sure I agree with evidence being shown on mass media news outlets before a case goes to trial.
I think this will do nothing but turn the tables and fuel the fires of the white supremacy groups. The media needs to back off and this needs to get locked into a court room where it belongs with all the evidence. You want updates, get them from the sketches and courthouse interviews. Whether Zimmerman had just cause or not, I don't care. Zimmerman and Martin were unknown to 99% of the citizens of this country before the media inflated this story. Truth is murders happen all the time and this is just another news media filler to justify their 24hr a day channels and their expensive existance. My opinion is neither side will have their just day in court the way this circus is shaping up. We all lose in this deal.

#2204042 - 04/20/12 01:55 PM Re: Zimmerman Bail set @ $150,000 [Re: ARCOREY]
getemduck Offline
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Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 214
Loc: eastern Colorado
this whole freedom or speech and freedom of press has been totally abused in my eyes. The news and media need to stop fueling fires and report on things that matter.

2 black guys kill each other and it will be a 2 paragraph story on page 20 right before the classifieds. But a white guy kill a black guy then it's front page new for a month and labeled a hate crime.

They just need to let this trial happen, with no news and no cameras just like the 45 zillion other cases that will go on this year.

#2206303 - 04/24/12 10:36 AM Re: Zimmerman Bail set @ $150,000 [Re: getemduck]
Tjkiller Offline
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Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 1211
Loc: South Fauquier Cty, VA
if the need to find him they should shine a giant spot light in the air with a "Z" in it.
You miss 100% of the shots you dont take.


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