For a second time, George Zimmerman, the avowed shooter of Trayvon Martin, was released from jail. On Friday, the former neighborhood watch leader posted the $1 million dollar bail, which allowed him to leave the Seminole County jail. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester gave Zimmerman strict conditions in addition to the high bond, saying that he must stay in Seminole County and be electronically monitored. He also can't open a bank account, obtain a passport, or set foot on the grounds of the local airport. He has a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, and is currently staying in a "safe house" somewhere in Florida.
Don West, one of Zimmerman's attorneys, said, "He's very happy to be out. Certainly it's been a sobering experience being in that kind of environment." Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, faces arraignment at the end of the month on a perjury charge after misleading the court about how much money they had available to pay for their earlier bond. The 44 days between the shooting and Zimmerman's arrest inspired nationwide protests, led to the departure of the Sanford, Florida police chief, and prompted a U.S. Justice Department probe.
Zimmerman will now await his second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.