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George Zimmerman Bond Hearing Update: Judge Grants $150k Bond Release

 
 
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UPDATE: The judge set George Zimmerman's bond at $150,000 and gave him permission to leave the state.  From CBS News:

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara had asked for $15,000 bond. He stated Zimmerman had turned himself in, has been in constant contact with Florida law enforcement since the incident, and was well established in the community. 

Assistant State Attorney Bernardo de la Rionda asked the judge decided to set bond, to set it at a $1 million. 

As part of the conditions of his release, Judge Kenneth Lester instructed that Zimmerman not be allowed to possess firearms of any kind, nor can he use alcohol or have any contact with the Martin family. The judge imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Zimmerman and said he should be fitted with a GPS monitoring device. He said that if Zimmerman and his attorney can work it out with the sheriff's department, he had no objection to Zimmerman residing out of state before the trial begins.

Zimmerman took the stand before the ruling, telling Trayvon Martin's parents he was sorry they lost their child.

"I didn't know how old he was," said Zimmerman. "I didn't know if he was armed."

When asked why he had waited so long to tell the victim's father and mother he was sorry, Zimmerman said, "I was told not to communicate with them."

Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Nicole Zimmerman, testified via telephone, saying that she did not appear in court because she was concerned for her and her family's safety. The defendant's mother, Gladys Zimmerman, also testified via telephone and said the family had received threats since the incident.

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at April 20, 2012, 2:59am