George Zimmerman released from jail

By Dave D'Marko and Jerry Hume, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Sunday, July 08, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

George Zimmerman is spending his first weekend in a safe house after his release from jail Friday.

Judge Kenneth Lester set Zimmerman’s bond at $1 million Thursday, and Zimmerman was able to post it.

The man on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin walked out of jail in a gray suit and got into the back seat of a Chevrolet Suburban. He appeared to be wearing something under his white shirt, possibly a bullet-proof vest.

The jail fitted him with an electronic monitoring device.

On his website, Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara said a security team has established a safe house for him "until a more permanent secure location can be established." Zimmerman has to stay in Seminole County, and his safety is a major concern for the legal team.

"We've taken lots of steps to ensure that," said Don West, a member of the defense team. "I think he's safe now. He's going to a location we are confident is safe. At the same time, there continue to be threats. So we are certainly concerned about it, but we have taken steps to ensure that."

West said they may ask the court to extend the boundary and allow Zimmerman to go beyond Seminole County.

Zimmerman had to go through a bail bondsman, and pay 10 percent of the bond amount, which is $100,000.

O’Mara said the online legal defense fund set up for Zimmerman currently has $211,000.

Lester revoked Zimmerman's original bond last month. He re-set the bond after prosecutors told him Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they really had.

In the ruling, Lester accused Zimmerman of trying to manipulate the system:

Under any definition the Defendant has flaunted the system. Counsel has attempted to portray the Defendant as being a confused young man who was fearful and experience a moment of weakness and who may also have acted out of a sense of "betrayal" by the system. Based on all of the evidence presented, the Court finds the opposite, the Defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so.

O'Mara is also asking for more donations on his website. Since the $1 million bond was made public Thursday, O'Mara said supporters have donated $20,000. However, since Zimmerman returned to jail last month, contributions significantly decreased to $55,000.

Zimmerman will have to obey certain conditions while released on bond:

  • He will refrain from criminal activity
  • He is not allowed to have any contact with victim's family
  • He will have electronic monitoring
  • He will not be able to leave Seminole County without authorization
  • He will have to check into officials every 48 hours
  • He will not be able to enter Orlando-Sanford International Airport property
  • He will not be able to open or maintain a bank account
  • He is not allowed to drink alcohol
  • He will have to obey a curfew between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • He will not be able to apply for or obtain a passport

"It makes it a whole lot easier to meet with him and talk with him, to review discovery with him," West said. "The jail has been very accomodating. They've done everything they can. But being able to go places with him, having him come to see us, is enormous."