Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting and killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was able to post bail just one day after his attorney Mark O'Mara took to a website to solicit bond donations. In order to be released, Zimmerman had to pay 10 percent of the amount and have the full amount in collateral, which his attorney said would be difficult to achieve.
"George Zimmerman and his family do not have anywhere near $1,000,000 for collateral," O'Mara wrote in a statement on GZLegalCasecom. "So even if we pay the $100,000 fee, the bail bond company will have to agree to work with us on how the collateral would be posted."
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, who revoked Zimmerman's bond in June for misleading the court about how much money he had, said he set the bail significantly higher to circumvent the possibility of Zimmerman using hidden funds to flee the country.
According to MSNBC, Zimmerman was fitted for an electronic monitoring device before being released. Officials say he is required to obey certain conditions while on bond, including abstaining from alcohol, remaining in the Seminole County area unless authorized to leave and an inability to open a bank account or enter the Orlando-Sanford International Airport property.
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