Judge Kenneth Lester granted George Zimmerman’s request for bond as he awaits trail on the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Despite objections from the prosecutors, Judge Lester set Zimmerman’s bond for $150,000, far less than the $1 million prosecutors were requesting.
During the hearing, Zimmerman took the stand and apologized to Martin’s family, telling them he was “sorry for the loss of your son,” but that he felt threatened by Martin and thought the teen was closer to his age. Zimmerman’s parents also called into the hearing to say that their son was not violent and that they could not afford an exorbitant bond amount.
Although Judge Lester granted Zimmerman bond, the 28-year-old volunteer Neighborhood Watch Captain will not be released today. However, when he is released from jail, he will have to follow several conditions: A 7 p.m. to 6 a.am. curfew; meeting with law officials every three days; not contacting the Martin family; he cannot have any access to firearms; and Zimmerman must abstain from drugs and alcohol.
Zimmerman’s formal arraignment hearing on Second Degree Murder is scheduled for May 29.
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