Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester has decided to give George Zimmerman, the Sanford, FL neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a second chance at freedom. The judge set Zimmerman’s bail at $1 million.
At the time of setting the bail at $1 million, the judge stated that George Zimmerman had “manipulated” the courts by not being honest about the amount of money he had access to. He stated that Zimmerman may have had plans to jump bail with the $130 000 dollars he had from donations that were received at his personal website.
“This increased bail is not a punishment,” Lester wrote. “It is meant to allay this court’s concern that the defendant intended to flee the jurisdiction and a lesser amount would not ensure his presence in court.”
Zimmerman’s bail was revoked in June after the state prosecutor charged that Zimmerman and his wife had been dishonest about the amount of money they had access to in order to get a lower bond.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin. After shooting the teenager, Zimmerman claimed that he had shot unarmed Martin in self defense.
As a condition of the bond, Zimmerman must, among other things, remain in Seminole County and can not leave with out permission. He must use an electronic monitoring device and is not allowed to go to Orlando-Sanford International Airport.