The 28-year-old volunteer Neighborhood Watch captain has been released on $150,000 bond as he waits to be tried on Second Degree Murder charges stemming from the February 26 shooting of the unarmed teen.
On Friday, Judge Kenneth Lester placed several restrictions on Zimmerman’s release: he cannot have any firearms, Zimmerman has a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, he cannot contact Martin’s family, and he must check in with local law enforcement every three days. In an effort to preserve his safety, Florida officials did not say where Zimmerman will be staying while he waits for his trial to begin, which can take several months or even a year (or more) to begin.
Since millions signed petitions calling for Zimmerman’s arrest and thousands took too the streets from Florida to New York and Los Angeles and London, officials in Sanford say things in the city have calmed down.
“The mood in Sanford has calmed down tremendously,” Sanford Commissioner Patty Mahany told the Huffington Post. “I think now that people are able to see the justice system taking place, even though they understand it’s going to be quite slow, people are willing to just remain calm and really we’re all getting back to our daily routines.”
Zimmerman’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 29 when he is to be formally arraigned on Second Degree Murder charges.