Judge sets George Zimmerman's bond at $1 million
POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 6:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — George Zimmerman will remain in jail, at least for now, after a Florida judge set a hefty new bond for the man accused of killing teenager Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman's new bond has been set at one million dollars.
"The judge is obviously saying Mr. Zimmerman screwed up, and he screwed up in a big way," says defense attorney and former prosecutor Jeffrey Deen.
To get out of jail he'll need to come up with 10-percent of that amount, $100,000.
It's money Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, says his client does not have.
He will remain locked up for now, waiting for his trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to begin.
Zimmerman is the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teen in February.
He pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is claiming self-defense.
Zimmerman has been in jail for more than a month.
His original $150,000 bond was revoked after the judge decided Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, misled the court regarding their finances.
"He's put his credibility squarely in the cross-hairs of this judge, when his credibility was the main talking point in this case," Deen notes.
The judge wrote that the new bond was "not a punishment" but instead additional insurance that Zimmerman would not leave town.
Among many details of the bond,Zimmerman must not leave the county without the court's permission and stay away from the airport.