George Zimmerman Released from Jail on $1 Million Bond
(SANFORD, Fla.) — George Zimmerman walked out of jail on $1 million bond Friday to await his trial on charges of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman, who is accused of second degree murder in the shooting death of the unarmed teen, used money donated by supporters to pay a portion of the bond.
Florida Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester raised Zimmerman’s bond Thursday from $150,000 to $1 million after prosecutors proved that Zimmerman had misled the court about how much money he had raised from supporters and stashed in bank accounts. Lester wrote that it was reasonable to assume that since Zimmerman had more than $130,000 in cash and a second passport, he might try to flee the U.S. to avoid prosecution.
Zimmerman, 28, was charged in April with killing the unarmed teenager in February. He was quickly released on $150,000 bail, and began raising money for his legal defense fund through a website.
He was ordered to surrender himself to jail in June after the court learned of his true finances.
Zimmerman has maintained that he shot at Martin in self-defense after the teenager attacked him.
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