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Zimmerman’s Bail Set At $1 Million

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
July 5, 2012

A judge in Florida this morning set bail at $1 million for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

As The Orlando Sentinel writes, “defense attorney Mark O’Mara said Friday that Zimmerman’s legal defense fund had a balance of $211,000, more than enough to cover the 10-percent non-refundable portion charged by most bonding companies.”

Zimmerman was originally released after posting 10 percent of a $150,000 bail, but was ordered back to jail on June 1 because neither he nor his wife had told the presiding judge of the large amount of money they had collected — via online donations — in that defense fund.

As we’ve previously written:

Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has claimed he acted in self defense.

But Martin’s family and supporters allege Zimmerman racially profiled the African-American teenager and followed him despite a police dispatcher’s advice not to do that. Zimmerman had called police to report a “suspicious” man in his neighborhood.

The case sparked another national discussion about race relations. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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