Judge Kenneth Lester: George Zimmerman bond set at $1 million in Trayvon Martin case

1:36 PM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
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SANFORD, Florida (WKMG) -- A judge on Thursday set bond at $1 million for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

According to his bond order, Zimmerman isn't allowed to leave Seminole County without prior authorization from the court, he has to check in with authorities every 48 hours and he can't enter Orlando Sanford International Airport property.

He also can't open a bank account, and he has a daily curfew from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Zimmerman can't apply for a passport, drink any alcohol and must pay for his own electric monitoring device, according to the order.

PDF: George Zimmerman Bond Document

It's not known if and when Zimmerman will post bond and be released from the Seminole County jail. Typically, he would have to pay a bondsmen 10 percent of his bond, making it a $100,000 fee, which is nonrefundable.

Although Judge Kenneth Lester granted Zimmerman bond, he wrote in his order that Zimmerman, "has manipulated the justice system."

Zimmerman faced Lester on Friday to ask for his release on bond for a second time.

Lester had previously questioned Zimmerman's respect for the law when he revoked his bond, saying his wife misled the court during his April 20 bond hearing, when the Zimmermans claimed they were broke.  In fact, they had more than $200,000 from donations.

Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, was arrested on perjury charges after she told the court she and her husband didn't have much money, resulting in Lester allowing George Zimmerman to bond out of jail for $150,000.

Prosecutors later discovered Zimmerman's financial situation. The state obtained bank records showing Shellie Zimmerman transferred $121,000 among credit union accounts belonging to her, George Zimmerman and her husband's sister in the days before the April 20 bond hearing.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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