A Sanford, Florida judge is releasing Neighborhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, on $1 million bail according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a case that reignited discussions about racial profiling and discrimination across the nation. Martin was donning a hoodie and carrying Skittles and an iced tea at the time of his death; Zimmerman claims that he shot Martin in self-defense.
This is the second time that Zimmerman will be released on bond.
He was free for five weeks on $150,000 bond before Judge Lester ordered him back to the Seminole County Jail. This order was issued after his wife, Shelley Zimmerman, testified under oath that the couple was almost destitute, though bank records showed that the website designed to support George Zimmerman had generated close to $130,000.
She was later arrested for perjury.
In his nine-page ruling, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. chided Zimmerman for hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars and a second passport from the court.
“It is entirely reasonable for this court to find that, but for the requirement that he be placed on electronic monitoring, the defendant and his wife would have fled the United States with at least $130,000 of other people’s money.”
The judge also hinted at possible felony contempt charges being filed in the future for “lying while providing evidence about bail.”
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said that Zimmerman’s legal defense fund will be able to cover the non-refundable 10 percent fee required at most bonding companies; however, he did not comment as to when the 28-year-old will be released.
The Martin family has not released a statement about this recent development.
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