George Zimmerman Released on Bail, Will Await Trial in Undisclosed Location

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George Zimmerman has been released from a Florida jail at midnight this morning after posting $150,000 bond. Charged with second-degree murder, he will now be living in a secret location as he awaits trial for the death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman exited the John E. Polk Correctional Facility (JEPCF) at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office fitted with an electronic monitoring device.

The GPS device, which can pinpoint an offender's whereabouts at any given time, will be monitored by the SCSO and Seminole County Probation.

Reports indicate that he may be allowed to leave the state, which is unusual in a murder case, but is arguably necessary for his own security.

At his bond hearing on Friday morning, Judge Kenneth Lester agreed to allow George Zimmerman to post a $150,000 bond and leave jail pending trial.

The prosecution had argued that Zimmerman should be denied bail or that it should be set at $1 million, but Lester disagreed on both accounts.

Bail is rarely denied altogether unless the defendant is considered dangerous or a flight risk, which he is not (especially with the ankle monitor).

Zimmerman also stunned the court Friday by taking the stand and apologizing to Trayvon Martin's family, who were sitting in the courtroom.

"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," the 28-year-old said.

"I did not know if he was armed or not."

Zimmerman told police the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin that he was acting in self-defense after Martin punched him and pounced on him.

Zimmerman told police that Martin then bashed his head into the concrete sidewalk during the altercation that took place in Sanford, Fla.

A bloody photo of George Zimmerman's head taken right after the attack surfaced last week, perhaps bolstering his self-defense claim.

Still, his actions that night remain questionable enough for the D.A. to bring second-degree murder charges in the death of Martin, 17.

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Well Imp, What comment have I posted that is racist? Zimmerman is your new hero as his cause is antagonistic to your nemesis (justice withing the black community)...I'm worshiping the God of TRUTH. If he worshiped my God then he would follow his commandments. You go ahead and pray for Zimmerman and while you're at it throw in a few words for Satan too.

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@george Thanks for responding. Keep in mind...the devil himself believes in God--so go figure! Let's not get so nasty about Zimmerman supporters--you Trayvon toadies are worshiping the false god of reverse racism--and yes, it is stupid! Delightful interpretation of "God", eh? One thing's for sure--I know YOU aren't Him! That thought alone stirs my soul with delight! (I'm actually standing here doing my happy dance!)

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Imp I am godless, however I do believe in God. Otherwise, Zimmerman supporters are too stupid to pray. Also, your definition of God is most delightful. I am sure that it will be greatly appreciated.

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white people unite for george! when zimmerman is found not guilty and the blacks start to riot, be ready wto defend yourselves! justice cannot be determined by the threat of a race riot. that shit happened with the LA riots. enough already! when zimmerman is found to be innocent, black people better behave or they should be arrested immediately.

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@Redlady1 Pay no attention to the godless little heathen who just answered you. Unless he's the "Big Man in the Sky" himself---he has no right to second guess the outcome of your prayers. So, keep 'em folded, Sister Redlady, we got a ways to go yet with the judicial process!

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zimmerman will be found not guilty. he was defending his community. trayvon acted and dressed like a thug. it was an unfortunate accident, pure and simple. however, if trayvon hadn't attacked simmerman, he'd be alive today. case closed.

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Redlady, I wouldn't count on those prayers being answered.

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Thank God! I am praying for you George and justice and for the truth to come out regardless of how many people don't want to believe it. This was not a hate crime! Good luck Mr. Zimmerman you do have supporters.

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I hope the truth comes out in this story, and that justice is served. I don't know what happened that night-only Treyvon, George, and God know what really happened. If he did it out of racism, I hope he gets what he deserves. If he really did do it in self defense, I hope that comes out in the trial.

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Since Zimmerman was charge with second degree murder of trayvon martin, due to the stand your ground law did stand I was wondering why haven"t his attorney or the justice system, nor did the rev. Al Sharpton mention that a hate crime charge should have been added. it was and is very obvious that this was an inented hate crime play out

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