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Zimmerman to be arraigned earlier than expected

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  • George Zimmerman will be arraigned on May 8
  • Defense attorney Mark O'Mara: Zimmerman to plead not guilty
  • Files’ release comes after media outlets petitioned judge
  • Zimmerman must wear GPS monitor, not consume alcohol
Zimmerman to be arraigned earlier than expected

Florida court officials have set a May 8 arraignment for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara filed documents on Monday waiving Zimmerman's appearance at the May hearing and entering a not guilty plea to the charges he killed Trayvon Martin on February 26 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense.

On Monday, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester unsealed all documents related to the case, unveiling a treasure trove of data related to Martin's death.

The files’ release comes days after media outlets petitioned the judge to open all court documents in the case and hours after Zimmerman, wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans and carrying a paper bag, walked out of jail. The arraignment was scheduled for May 29 but moved up several weeks for undisclosed reasons.

In an order filed last week to arrest Zimmerman, it reads: “To all and singular the sheriffs of the state of Florida, greetings: You are hereby commanded to take George Zimmerman.” It lists the charge as “murder in the second degree” and “none” next to bail amount. He was later given a bail on $150,000, 10% of which he posted for his release Sunday.

WATCH: Zimmerman walks out of jail

Conditions of Zimmerman’s bond include him being fit with a GPS monitor, no alcohol consumption, no possession of a firearm and no contact of any kind with Martin’s family.

The documents also show that Zimmerman petitioned the judge to appear at all court proceedings “in civilian clothing, instead of a prison uniform, and without restraints.” The request was granted.

He also was granted his request that his family, including wife Shellie Zimmerman, not appear in person during his bond hearing “in order to protest witnesses’ privacy and ensure their safety, the Defendant is authorized to make arrangements for his witnesses to appear telephonically.”

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