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George Zimmerman Released with GPS Tracker
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George Zimmerman was released from the Seminole County jail on Monday, early-morning. Zimmerman gained notoriety for killing 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Florida, bringing debates about gun laws and ‘stand your ground’ laws across the country. Zimmerman posted a $150,000 bail and was released from custody fitted with an electronic monitoring device. Even if Zimmerman leaves the state, the Sheriff’s Office and Seminole County Probation officials would be able to track him. Before he was arrested earlier this month, Zimmerman had hidden in an unknown location outside Florida.

Law enforcement has said that Zimmerman’s address would be kept private for safety reasons as his life has been threatened many times. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder.

Zimmerman’s bondsman, Michael Smith of Magic Bail Bonds, escorted him outside the jail and left in a BMW.

  
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In the hearing on Friday, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and other prosecutors failed to convince the Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. that Zimmerman should remain in custody. Legal experts say that there were gaping holes in the prosecutor’s case.

Zimmerman was represented at Friday’s hearing by attorney Mark O’Mara. The court ordered Zimmerman to surrender his passport and refrain from using drugs or alcohol on top of wearing the tracking device at all times.

On Friday’s hearing, prosecution investigator Dale Gilbreath took the stand and stated that authorities did not know who started the fight between Zimmerman and Trayvon.

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According to the Seminole County website, the tracker on Zimmerman “provides real-time, 24/7 monitoring of offenders’ whereabouts via GPS mapping. Offenders are subject to immediate arrest if they break the rules, for example leave the area where they’ve been ordered to stay or tamper with their monitoring equipment.”

On Friday’s hearing Zimmerman apologized to the family of Trayvor Martin. However, he is facing the process of law, and the court and prosecutors are expected to do their job and not ingratiate political factions, or endorse a ‘trial by media.’





 

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