George Zimmerman Released from Jail on $150,000 Bond
(SANFORD, Fla.) -- George Zimmerman, wearing a bullet proof vest, walked out of a Florida jail shortly after midnight Monday and slipped back into hiding where his lawyer says he will likely stay until his trial next year.
Zimmerman was able to leave jail after posting $150,000 bond as he awaits trial on a second degree murder charge for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Later Monday, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee will officially resign, ABC News has learned exclusively. Lee, who had been "temporarily suspended" last month in the wake of the killing, is expected to make it official at 4 p.m.
Zimmerman was fitted with an electronic monitoring device prior to release, according to a statement from the sheriff's office. The GPS device, which can give immediate identification of an offender's whereabouts anywhere in the U.S., suggests that the defense's request that he be allowed to wait out the trial out of Florida may have been granted.
The terms of his release require him to report his whereabouts every three days, according to court documents.
Zimmerman stunned a Florida court Friday by taking the stand and apologizing to the parents of Trayvon Martin, who were sitting in the courtroom during Zimmerman's bond hearing.
Zimmerman told police the night he shot and killed Martin that he acted in self-defense after Martin punched him and pounced on him. Zimmerman told police that Martin then bashed his head into the concrete sidewalk during the altercation that took place in the tidy middle-class development of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla.
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