George Zimmerman was released from jail around midnight on Sunday. The accused killer of Trayvon Martin was released on $150,000 bond, of which he had to put up 10%, or $15,000. His residence until he faces trial is being kept secret for his own safety. He may be taken out of the state of Florida.
Zimmerman was granted bail based on his previous work in the community and lack of convictions of any serious crimes. Prosecutors had requested a $1 million bail in light of his minor criminal history that included an arrest in 2005 for hitting a police officer. He was also accused of domestic abuse that same year. Neither of those offenses resulted in criminal charges.
Now the waiting game begins until what is likely to be the biggest trial of the year. Zimmerman will face second degree murder charges for the killing of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims he killed the boy in self defense. Police had originally intended to arrest Zimmerman after the crime, but were advised against it by prosecutors because they felt his claims of self defense were solid enough under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The case brought national attention to gun laws across the nation and ignited racial tension because Martin was an African American and Zimmerman was of white and Hispanic background.