George Zimmerman was released from Florida jail on Monday morning because he posted a $150,000 bond. He will continue to be monitored by the police department with the help of a GPS device until his trial for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin begins.
George Zimmerman had been detained in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office ever since he was charged with second-degree murder on February 26. He exited this facility on Monday after posting bond, but he was, nevertheless, fitted with an electronic device that enables police officers to determine his exact location through GPS. SCSO and Seminole County Probation are in charge of monitoring Zimmerman’s device.
The 28-year-old culprit was allowed to post bond during a Friday hearing with Judge Kenneth Lester. The latter agreed that Zimmerman should be released if he posts a $150,000 bond. The prosecution was not satisfied with the judge’s decision; they had argued that Zimmerman should not be allowed to pay bail. The only sum of money they would have accepted as a bail from Zimmerman would have been $1 million.
The court’s decision enabled the shooter of Trayvon Martin to wait for his trial to begin outside the prison bars. He is now investigated for the death of a 17-year-old boy and if he is found guilty, he might spend the rest of his life in jail.
Despite his criminal act, Zimmerman surprised everyone in court on Friday when he stood up and apologized in front of Trayvon’s parents. He said he was sorry for the loss of their son and that he had no idea how old the victim was. In a strange attempt to justify his deeds, Zimmerman told people in court that he thought the boy was a little bit younger than him and that he shot him because he was afraid he was armed.
Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense because he was attacked by Martin. According to his declaration Martin bashed his head into the concrete sidewalk during the altercation, so Zimmerman was forced to shoot him to release himself from the attacker’s grip.