George Zimmerman released from jail on bond in Trayvon Martin case
Zimmerman, dressed in a brown jacket, jeans and carrying a brown paper bag, walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility just after midnight. This was minutes after posting bail and meeting other conditions set for his release at a hearing Friday.
Another man then met Zimmerman and they quickly quickly climbed into a white BMW sports utility vehicle that drove off. He made no comments to a handful of reporters gathered outside the jail.
Under the conditions set by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., Zimmerman must wear an electronic monitoring device and he may be allowed to leave the state. He also must observe a dusk-to-dawn curfew. He is also prohibited from consuming illegal drugs or alcohol or possessing a firearm.
Attorney Daryl Parks, who represents Martin's parents, said the family respected the judicial process that allowed Zimmerman to be released from jail but was "devastated by him being able to walk the streets."
"It's with a very, very heavy heart that they've seen him walk freely late last night back into the public," Parks said on CNN.
Meanwhile, Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's lawyer, told CBS's "This Morning" that there had been no recent threats against his client but his whereabouts still are expected to remain a closely guarded secret until his next appearance in court.
O'Mara also apologized for the apology his client offered to Martin's parents during his bond hearing Friday.
At that hearing, Zimmerman took the stand and, speaking to Martin's parents, said, "I wanted to say 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 and I did not know if he was armed or not."
"We had reached out to see if we could do it privately," O'Mara said.
Benjamin Crump, another lawyer for the Martin family, told the press that Zimmerman's apology was poorly timed and disingenuous.
"The apology was somewhat of a surprise because we had told them this was not the appropriate time, but they just disregarded that, and he went and pandered to the court and the media and gave a very insincere apology," Crump said.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law, which eliminates a person's duty to retreat under threat of death or serious injury.
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