George Zimmerman Released On Bail For Trayvon Martin Murder, Pleads Not Guilty
Post by David Rogers, Apr 24, 2012 at 5:00 am
George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Fla. early Sunday after making $150,000 bail. Today, his attorney entered a not guilty plea to the charges of second-degree murder he currently faces.
After his arrest, it was unclear whether bail would be set for Zimmerman, but judge Kenneth Lester Jr. set the bond, which was lower than what the Assistant State Attorney of Florida, Bernie de la Rionda, had asked for, CNN reports.
Zimmerman admits to shooting Martin, but says that he acted in self defense. During his bail hearing, which was held Friday, he directly addressed Martin’s family.
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” he said in the Seminole County Courthouse. “I thought he was a little bit younger than I was, and I did not know if he was armed or not.”
In other news about the case, today it also was announced that Sanford, Fla. police Chief Bill Lee will resign from his position after his department initially declined to arrest Zimmerman. Lee had temporarily stepped aside March 22, and Capt. Darren Scott became acting chief, a position he will remain in until the city finds a replacement.