Zimmerman Set Free on Bail
April 20, 2012
Topics: Gun Control;
It appears that George Zimmerman has been set free on $150,000 bail. The judge determined that he was not likely to attempt to escape from the country, and after giving certain restrictions, allowed him to post bail.
Zimmerman will now have to wear a GPS-enabled ankle bracelet so that police can monitor his location at all times, and will have to follow a very strict curfew schedule. He has relinquished his passport to the police, and will not be able to leave the country.
At the hearing today, a previously unreleased photograph was submitted as evidence. In this photograph, which was taken at the crime scene just three minutes after the shooting, Zimmerman’s head is shown, covered in blood. This appears to support his testimony that Trayvon Martin was bashing his head into the sidewalk, forcing him to defend himself.
Martin’s parents expressed anger that Zimmerman would be allowed to post bail, and believe that Zimmerman did not act in self defense, but rather, acted as a bully and intimidated their son.
At the hearing, Zimmerman made a brief apology to Martin’s family, stating that he wished he had not killed Martin, but adding that he did not know whether Martin was armed or not.
Now that Zimmerman has posted bail, he is expected to hire a body guard and live in a secret and secure location to hide from potential vigilantes who have threatened him. He has been in prison for the past nine days, awaiting trial, and protected from potential threats. Now that he has posted bail, he will have to find a way to provide for his own safety and security.
In March, his home address was leaked to the public, and he went into hiding. Additionally, the New Black Panther Party has issued a $10000.00 “dead or alive” bounty for anyone who can catch him. It is unclear how serious this threat is, but it appears that Zimmerman is not willing to take any risks by appearing in public.
The trial will be scheduled for a later date.