Judge Sets $1 Million Bond for Killer of Trayvon Martin
A Florida judge has ruled that the killer of Trayvon Martin can post bail--but it’s a steep price. Judge Kenneth Lester ruled yesterday that George Zimmerman can be let out of jail if he pays $100,000, or 10% of the total $1 million bond.
Zimmerman’s attorney, though, said that it will be difficult to find a company willing to work with the family due to the steep collateral required.
The ruling comes after Zimmerman requested that he be let out of prison last week after he was ordered back to jail due to the judge finding that Zimmerman misled the court on his finances.
Lester now says that Zimmerman can be released if he posts bail, but with stringent restrictions on Zimmerman. The killer of the unarmed Martin “must report to officials every two days, cannot open or maintain a bank account and cannot be on the property of an airport. He also cannot apply for or obtain a passport,” CNN reports.
The judge also questioned whether Zimmerman and his wife were planning to flee the country to avoid prosecution.
Prosecutors last week argued that Zimmerman should be kept in jail while he awaits trial on the killing of Martin because he misled the court.