In the dark of the night, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida prison on $150,000 bail as he awaits his fate in the charge of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Without the fanfare that has surrounded the case so far, Zimmerman was set free without incident at midnight Sunday.
The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a paper bag. He walked out following another man and didn’t look over at photographers gathered outside. He then followed the man into a white BMW vehicle and drove away.
According to reports coming from outside the jail. moments before he was released, two Seminole County sheriff’s vehicles blocked access to the intake building parking lot where Zimmerman was being released. Zimmerman emerged after two public information officers confirmed the credentials of the photographers outside. No questions were shouted at Zimmerman, and he gave no statement.
He is now said to be at a undisclosed location, which is being kept a secret for fear of vigilante attacks.
It is believed that Zimmerman had to put up 10 percent, or $15,000, to make bail. His father had indicated he might take out a second mortgage.
His ultimate destination is being kept secret for his safety and it could be outside Florida.
Under the terms of his bail, Zimmerman cannot have any guns and must observe a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. He also had to surrendered his passport.
Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot Martin, 17, Feb. 26 inside the gated community where Zimmerman lived during an altercation.