After being charged with second-degree murder, George Zimmerman is out on bail after posting a $150,000 bond.
He left the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Florida in the early morning on Monday, equipped with a bulletproof vest and an electronic monitoring device that can immediately identify where the offender is.
Zimmerman will most likely stay in hiding and away from the public eye until his trail next year, where he will plead his case for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. According to reports, he has to report his whereabouts every three days by terms of his release. He must also surrender his passport, observe a 7 PM to 6 AM curfew, and he is not allowed to use a firearm.
Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, has stated that he will waive Zimmerman’s appearance at his arraignment on May 8th out of concern for his personal safety.
“We have had serious threats that law enforcement is looking into where they’ve threatened his life and since we don’t know how legitimate they are we have to be concerned about all of them,” O’Mara told ABC news.
He has also stated that Zimmerman will need someone who can “help protect him” and he will ask the state to pay for his protection. It has also been asserted that Zimmerman’s family will be looking for some outside help in paying for his living expenses, security, and legal fees.
On April 20th, at his bond hearing, Zimmerman addressed Martin’s family directly and apologized for the murder.
“I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not,” Zimmerman said.
Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, said “it was very hard for them being in that courtroom, for him to have done what he did.”
He added that it was “somewhat of a surprise, because we had told them this was not the appropriate time. But they just disregarded that and he went and pandered to the court and the media and gave a very insincere apology.”
The Martin family stated in a news conference that his apology was not appreciated. O’Mara has said that he would have done things differently had he knew that Martin’s parents objected to an apology.
“Had I known or been told that that wasn’t the time, it wouldn’t have happened. So I apologize for that.”
It is possible that he will receive a life sentence if convicted.
Zimmerman maintains that he shot Martin in self-defense on the night of February 26. He told police that Martin punched him and then pounded his head on the concrete repeatedly. Zimmerman is not expected to be seen in public again until his trial.