Trayvon Martin Update: George Zimmerman Released From Jail
George Zimmerman has been released from jail on $150,000 dollars bond. It was a quiet scene at the Seminole County Jail at around 12:00 a.m. on Sunday. There were no protesters and the media didn't hurl questions at him as he exited the jail. He will have to return to stand trial for the murder of 17-year-old, African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin. The case captured national headlines and sparked a national outcry. On February 26, 2012, Zimmerman was said to have targeted Martin because he was an African-American wearing a hoodie. Zimmerman made a call to 911 and reported seeing a suspicious person. During the call, the operator told him not to follow. At some point, he did follow Trayvon and a confrontation occurred. Eventually, Trayvon was shot dead and Zimmeran claimed self-defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law. He was not and arrested or charged at that time which sparked the protests and debates on race and racial profiling.
While out on bond, the judge overseeing the case says Zimmerman cannot carry guns, must obey a curfew, must surrender his passport, and has to wear a monitoring device. He had to pay $15,000 towards bond. The location where he is being taken is secret for his safety. Zimmerman's father says he will probably take out a second-mortgage to help pay for his son's defense.