Judge Kenneth Lester Jr has granted $150,000 bond to George Zimmerman charged with 2nd degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin. He will be required to wear GPS monitoring, and may be allowed to reside outside the State of Florida.
George Zimmerman was involved in an incident almost two months ago when he was a self appointed neighborhood watch captain and followed Trayvon Martin who he determined was "suspicious." It turned out he happened to be a black male wearing a hoodie, heading home from the store unarmed. Zimmerman was armed and somehow a confrontation ensued and Trayvon was shot dead.
George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey
Zimmerman will have several restrictions if he is able to make the bond, CBS News writes, such as GPS monitoring. Also he must report to authorities every three days, have no contact with the Martin family, have no possession of firearms and no use of controlled substances other than prescribed medication.
The affidavit presented by the state was the determining factor since it is unknown who actually started the fight that lead to Martin's death. Testimony was revealed in the bond hearing the gunshot that killed Trayvon Martin was at close range. The affidavit indicated that Zimmerman "followed" Martin after he was told by 911 operators not to do so, but it was unclear in the court today how the investigator came to that conclusion.
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” said Zimmerman to the Martin family, according to USA Today, who, in a surprise move, took the stand at the hearing.
The state had requested a bond of $1 million and his lawyer Mark O'Mara also requested that his client be allowed to reside outside of the State of Florida, for his own security. Zimmerman's passport has been turned over to the police, and he must not have any contact with the Martin family.
It will be a few days before Zimmerman is allowed to leave the jail, if the bond it met.