Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 18
George Zimmerman was released from jail on Friday, a day after a Florida judge set a $1 million bond with new restrictions: Friday, July 6, 3:26 p.m. EDT: He had to post $100,000 bond to meet the requirement for release, CNN reports.
Zimmerman's bond set at $1 million; court says he has the funds to pay for release: Thursday, July 5, 12:09 p.m. EDT: The judge overseeing the Trayvon Martin case in Florida set bond for George Zimmerman at $1 million on Thursday, CNN reports. The judge's order said that the $1 million bond was not a punishment but an amount that assured the court that Zimmerman would not abscond. Zimmerman has the funds to pay for his release, the court said. It was unclear how quickly Zimmerman could post the bond and be released from jail.
Thursday, July 5, 9:50 a.m. EDT: Bond ruling for Zimmerman expected today: George Zimmerman will learn today whether he will be released on bond for a second time, Reuters reports. He is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester spent nearly a week reviewing evidence submitted by defense lawyers at a June 29 bond hearing, and a court spokeswoman said he will rule on Thursday.
Wednesday, July 4, 10:30 a.m. EDT: The Boston Herald reports that, the morning after he killed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman went to a clinic with what appeared to be a broken nose, two black eyes and two cuts on the back of his head. But the physician's assistant who treated him determined that he neither needed X-rays nor suffered head trauma, newly released medical records show.
Tuesday, July 3, 7:25 p.m. EDT: Doctor's report: George Zimmerman declined a specialist for a broken nose: A newly released doctor's report says that George Zimmerman had scalp wounds, black eyes and a broken nose from the altercation the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, the Associated Press reports. The medical report says the doctor recommended that Zimmerman visit an ear, nose and throat specialist, but he declined.
Tuesday, July 3, 7:00 p.m. EDT: Judge to rule Thursday on Zimmerman's bond motion: Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. made the announcement at the close of his afternoon court session, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He announced that he has begun drafting the order and expects to file it Thursday.
Tuesday, July 3, 10:22 a.m. EDT: "Witness 9" says that Zimmerman is a racist; defense fights to suppress statement: Mark O'Mara is fighting to keep potentially incendiary statements made by a witness from ever reaching the courtroom, the Business Insider reports. The statement, made by an unnamed person identified only as "witness 9," claims that George Zimmerman is racist, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday.
Monday, July 2, 10:15 a.m. EDT: Zimmerman still awaiting judge's ruling on second bond attempt: A judge is still reviewing evidence before he issues his written ruling on whether George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch leader who is charged with second-degree murder in unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin's death, will get another chance at bond. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, told WTF9 News that he'll be waiting at his office on Monday for that order from Judge Kenneth Lester.
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