July 6th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

Zimmerman released after posting bail

By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) - George Zimmerman was released from jail on Friday, one day after a Florida judge set bail at $1 million.

Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. found that Zimmerman's deceit over cash holdings at his first bond hearing in April was not enough to hold him without bail. However, he also said he believed the suspect may have been planning to flee the country to avoid prosecution in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman had to post 10% of the $1 million - or $100,000 - to meet the requirement for release.

He wore a white dress shirt under a gray suit as he walked out of jail and into a waiting SUV.

"We are confident and comfortable that George will be safe," Zimmerman's attorney, Don West, told CNN outside the jail following his client's release.

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  1. Smiley

    but regardless of what happened two families are destroyed and TM family will miss him dearly.alot of people ive known have been killed and no matter how bad the person was a mom and dad lost there beloved son.so maybe we all can learn lessons here and think before we end up hurting our families

    July 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jess

    I think its rediculous that he is able to be out of jail....hes a murderer. He killed an unarmed teen. He followed him, and then killed him. If anything i think the so called "stand your ground" should be applied to trayvon. What would you do if someone was following you, walked up to you with a gun. I would feel as if i need to STAND MY GROUND!!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • AOZ

      THANK YOU JESS... it's good to see someone is not blind...

      July 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nellz

    Idk for some reason I don't think he meant to kill trayvon . He was defending himself like one of us will do... However we do not know the real story because trayvon is not alive.

    July 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. h

    If he is released he will continue to be impulsive, agressive and show poor judgement. He will be emboldened by his supporters to think that his irrational behavior made sense. He will continue to be a danger to himself and others becaue he shows a lot of mental instability.

    July 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mickey1313

    Hopefully the contract the black panthers put out well be cancled. Wonder why the fbi hadn't acted on the contact yet. By making it the bp are committing attempted murder, they are terrorists

    July 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • AOZ

      WOW... TERRIOST... FOR REAL, if the threat was real the FBI, would already be on it... These so call terriost are alway being watched... Mickey1313 duh...

      July 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. panorain

    Once George is acquitted and any smoldering resentments are allowed to unleash themselves on their various local communities and the unfurlments are properly contained, hopefully without any new grievances that pop up during the cordon sanitaire then George will largely be safe. As long as he doesn't push his luck and go into any bad neighborhoods to see if people like him. Plus if he has to he can just move to a low-threat state.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |