George Zimmerman's safety a concern if new judge grants bail in Trayvon Martin murder case
George Zimmerman, right, appears for a bond hearing at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility April 12, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. (The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)
Under typical bond conditions, Zimmerman would likely have a curfew, be prohibited from contacting Martin's family and not be allowed to consume alcohol and nonprescription drugs. He also may be required to wear an electronic monitoring device, which he would most likely have to pay for.
Also Thursday, those representing Trayvon Martin's parents said Zimmerman requested to meet them.
"There may be a time and place for that but not now," said Justin R. Campbell an assistant to attorney Benjamin Crump in an emailed statement late Thursday night. "We believe (the) Zimmerman request is very self-serving, considering the timing of it 50 days later, right before his bond hearing."
Campbell said in the statement that Zimmerman never apologized on his Web site or on voicemails that he left friends or expressed remorse during interviews with authorities.
"With Zimmerman now making this request, the family questions his motives and sincerity," Campbell wrote.
Even if Zimmerman is granted bond, his family may not be able to afford it, given that it generally can range from $10,000 to $100,000 for a second-degree murder charge. Zimmerman's parents are retired, and their house in Lake Mary, Fla., is valued at just under $120,000, according to the Seminole County Property Appraiser.
"They are not a family of means, so that is going to be difficult," O'Mara said.
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