Zimmerman granted $1 million bond
The judge overseeing the Trayvon Martin case in Florida set bond for George Zimmerman at $1 million Thursday after hearing arguments last week that Zimmerman and his wife tried to conceal donations for his case.
It was unclear how quickly Zimmerman could post the bond and be released from jail.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara argued that Zimmerman should not be jailed because the state’s case is weak and his claim of self-defense is strong. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin, who was unarmed, because the teen attacked him.
Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s February 26 shooting death.
Zimmerman’s original bail of $150,000 was revoked last month after Judge Kenneth Lester learned Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.
The judge’s order said that the new $1 million bond was not a punishment but an amount that assured the court that Zimmerman would not abscond. Zimmerman has the funds to pay for his release, the court said.
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