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A judge in Florida set bond for George Zimmerman at $1 million on Thursday, and ordered the former neighborhood watchman released. It’s unclear, however, when Zimmerman will post the bond.
It’s the second time Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has been granted bond. He was released after posting a $150,000 bond in April, but was sent back to jail after prosecutors said Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, misled the court about his finances at his initial bond hearing.
The couple did not disclose more than $135,000 in PayPal donations that were raised for Zimmerman’s defense. Last month, Shellie Zimmerman was arrested and charged with perjury. She was released on $1,000 bond.
[Also read: Thursday's bond ruling]
Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge, claiming he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense and is innocent under the state’s “stand your ground” law.
Last week, Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara argued his client should not be in jail. According to the Orlando Sun Sentinel, O’Mara said that Zimmerman’s legal defense fund has a balance of $211,000, which would meet the 10 percent minimum bond requirement.
An order issued Tuesday by Assistant State Attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman, 25, with knowingly making false statements during the April hearing. She was arrested on Tuesday but has since bonded out of jail.
Meanwhile, the task force formed by Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott held a public hearing today to discuss Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, with opponents and proponents protesting loudly. Unfortunately, these hearings should not be taking place until AFTER George Zimmerman’s trial. The hearings are tainting the jury pool as much as the media did in trying Zimmerman in the press before any facts were presented.