George Zimmerman Released From Jail on $150K Bond
George Zimmerman, who was charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin, was released from jail on $150,000 bail shortly after midnight Sunday (April 22).
Zimmerman walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, around midnight Sunday, wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a brown paper bag in his arms. He got into the back of a white BMW and did not speak to reporters.
It was not immediately known where he was headed. Family members and Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, have stressed the need for secrecy regarding Zimmerman’s destination. Both he and his family have received threats, they said.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said Zimmerman had been fitted with a GPS monitoring device allowing authorities to track his location.
According to CNN, Martin’s family is not happy.
“It’s tough for them to see their son’s killer walk free again,” said Daryl Parks, attorney to Trayvon Martin’s family.
Zimmerman apologized to Martin’s family during his bond hearing on Friday (April 20).
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” he said before testifying in the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford. “I thought he was a little bit younger than I was, and I did not know if he was armed or not.”
Zimmerman’s trial is scheduled to take place on May 29 in Seminole County. —Stephanie Long