George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who killed an unarmed teen, posted bond and was released from a Florida jail.
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A Florida judge set bond at $150,000 for George Zimmerman, the man charged in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Mr. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder after the case sparked a national debate over racial profiling.
Mr. Martin’s family contends that Mr. Zimmerman racially profiled their son, who was walking back from a convenience store when he was killed on February 26.
Mr. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, maintains he acted in self-defense. His family says he did not profile Mr. Martin.
The case stirred debate over Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to use deadly force when they feel a reasonable threat of death.
A Florida judge has stepped aside from a criminal case involving a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The defense team for George Zimmerman requested Monday that Judge Jessica Recksiedler be removed because her husband works with a CNN legal analyst.
Mr. Zimmerman fatally shot Mr. Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, a killing he has said was in self-defense. The case has stirred civil rights activists nationwide. Mr. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge.
Three in four Americans think police should arrest George Zimmerman after the shooting of Trayvon Martin one month ago, according to a CNN/ORC poll.
In the same survey, only about one in four felt that neighborhood watch members should carry guns, but a little more than half approved of “stand your ground” laws.
Mr. Martin was walking to his father’s fiancée’s home in a gated Sanford, Florida, community, when neighborhood watch volunteer Mr. Zimmerman shot the unarmed teen. He has not been charged. The U.S. Department of Justice and Florida officials have launched investigations into the shooting.
The police chief in Sanford, Florida, says he is temporarily stepping aside because his role in the Trayvon Martin case has become a “distraction.”
Bill Lee’s announcement came a day after the Sanford City Commission gave him a no-confidence vote over his handling of the teenager’s fatal shooting.
Justice Department officials planned to meet with the parents of Mr. Martin, who was unarmed when he was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month. The federal agency has launched a civil rights investigation into the case.