Zimmerman Released on $150k Bail

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CNN reports that George Zimmerman, who is currently awaiting trial for the February killing of Trayvon Martin, was released from a Florida jail Sunday night on a $150,000 bond.

The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer exited a Sanford, Fla. jail in front of reporters on Sunday night. He got into an white BMW with another man and drove off to an unknown location.

Zimmerman was formally charged with second degree murder six weeks after he fatally shot Martin, 17, in a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman claimed that the teen attacked him and that he killed Martin in self-defense, citing Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows citizens to use deadly force if they feel threatened.

The delay in charging Zimmerman lead to widespread national outcry and sparked protests all over the United States. Because of the high-profile nature of the case, Zimmerman's location is being kept a secret, and may even be outside of Florida. He will be fitted with an electronic tracking device and given a 7 p.m. - 6 a.m. curfew.

The Associated Press reports, however, that Zimmerman's safety might not be a concern.

"The mood in Sanford has calmed down tremendously," said Sanford Commissioner Patty Mahany. "I think now that people are able to see the justice system taking place, even though they understand it's going to be quite slow, people are willing to just remain calm and really we're all getting back to our daily routines."

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