Update 11:14 p.m.: Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester granted George Zimmerman‘s request for bail in the Trayvon Martin murder. While Zimmerman will not be set free today, he can post $150,000 for his freedom.
Even though Zimmerman will be out soon, he will not be allowed to see his family or possess firearms. Zimmerman will also have to wear a GPS device. [Source: CNN]
SANFORD, Fla. — A bail hearing has begun for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin
An attorney for George Zimmerman is asking the Seminole County judge to let Zimmerman post bail at a hearing Friday. Zimmerman is in the courtroom, shackled but dressed in a suit. Martin’s parents are also in the courtroom.
Experts say Zimmerman stands a good chance of getting bail since he has proven he’s not a flight risk. He turned himself in to authorities last week after he was charged with second-degree murder.
Zimmerman has admitted fatally shooting the 17-year-old unarmed teen during a confrontation last February in a gated community in Sanford, about 15 miles northeast of Orlando. But Zimmerman says the shooting was self-defense.
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THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
The neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin is asking a Florida judge to let him out of jail while he awaits trial, and legal experts say he stands a good chance of being granted bail at the hearing Friday.
George Zimmerman’s attorney will make the request at a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center. Two questions likely to be at the center of the proceeding are whether he would be allowed out of the country and how he would remain safe.