George Zimmerman walked out of jail around midnight Sunday after posting the required 10% cash payment of $15,000 needed to secure bond.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin. In Court Friday, Zimmerman apologized to Martin’s family for shooting the 17-year-old boy. Zimmerman has told police he shot Martin in self-defense. Martin’s family has expressed outrage over Zimmerman’s apology and the fact he was granted bond.
When Zimmerman walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, Sunday night he was carrying a brown paper bag in his arms and was wearing blue jeans and a brown jacket. He refused to answer questions from the reporters. A white BMW was waiting for him, and drove off to an unknown location.
It is possible that he was headed for somewhere out of state. During the bond hearing Friday, Judge Kenneth R. Lester said that he would allow Zimmerman to leave the state if his attorney could work out the details with the agency monitoring Zimmerman.
Attorney Benjamin Crump released a statement Monday on behalf of the Martin family saying that they were upset that Zimmerman was free to walk the streets.
"The family is heavy hearted to watch the killer of their child released from jail," Crump said. "They would have rather he stay in jail until the criminal proceedings were concluded, however it is their hope that his freedom is only temporary because the pain that he has caused to their family is permanent."
Zimmerman will have to follow a variety of bond restrictions to remain out of jail, including no drugs, alcohol and firearms. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office will also monitor his whereabouts 24 hours a day. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said Zimmerman is outfitted with an electronic monitoring device that will update authorities of his location in real time.
Prosecutors asked the judge to keep Zimmerman in jail without bond or set the bond at $1 million.
Defense Attorney Mark O’Mara visited Zimmerman in jail Saturday, and told reporters that his client knows this is “a long, long process.”
"He's still very worried about the fact that he's facing a life sentence on a 2nd-degree murder charge," O'Mara said.