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Killer in Trayvon Martin case out on bail

2012-04-23 10:00

Washington - George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, left a Florida jail early on Monday after posting bail of $150 000 in the racially charged case, a spokesperson for the sheriff in Seminole County, Florida, said.

Zimmerman, a former neighbourhood watch volunteer, was released from the county's John E Polk Correctional Facility shortly after midnight on Monday after posting bail and meeting other conditions set for his release at a pretrial detention hearing on Friday.

Under the conditions set by Judge Kenneth Lester Jnr, Zimmerman must wear an electronic monitoring device, although he may be allowed to leave the state. He must also observe a dusk-to-dawn curfew and is prohibited from consuming illegal drugs or alcohol or possessing a firearm.

No date has been set for Zimmerman's trial but, due to safety concerns, his whereabouts are expected to remain a closely guarded secret until his next appearance in court.

Zimmerman shot and killed Martin is a gated community in Sanford in central Florida on 26 February in an incident that triggered civil rights protests nationwide and fired a national debate over guns, self-defence laws and race in America.

Public outrage


Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defence following a confrontation that occurred as Martin was returning to his father's house in the community after buying candy from a convenience store.

Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, citing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force when they believe they are in danger of getting killed or suffering great bodily harm.

The lack of an arrest led thousands to march in protest rallies in Sanford and across the country. The public outrage forced the Sanford police chief and regularly assigned prosecutor to step aside.

At the Friday hearing, Zimmerman apologised to Martin's family, stunning a rapt courtroom after he appeared in a suit and tie and with shackles around his waist and wrists.

Governor Rick Scott appointed Angela Corey as special prosecutor. She charged Zimmerman on 11 April.

Comments
  • Rob - 2012-04-23 10:44

    This " report " is a little shy of mentioning Martins actions prior to being shot.

      tobydt - 2012-04-23 10:45

      Yeah, he was wearing a 'hoodie'. Shameful misreporting.

      tobydt - 2012-04-23 10:45

      Yeah, he was wearing a 'hoodie'. Shameful misreporting.

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:12

      Here is the picture of Zimmermans head after the attack: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/2012/04/20/zimmermans-bloody-head/

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:12

      Here is the picture of Zimmermans head after the attack: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/2012/04/20/zimmermans-bloody-head/

      Dianne - 2012-04-23 11:16

      Absolutely agree. Nothings been said about the fact that this guy was expelled or suspended from school after dagga was found on him. Good boy - my a**!

      Dianne - 2012-04-23 11:16

      Absolutely agree. Nothings been said about the fact that this guy was expelled or suspended from school after dagga was found on him. Good boy - my a**!

  • Dianne - 2012-04-23 10:46

    Even Bill Cosby says this isnt a racist attack, its Al Sharpton who makes it racist. What about the white woman killed for her 3 day old baby by a black woman. Thats not racism. No black on white attacks are racist, it the other way round.

      Rob - 2012-04-23 11:04

      100% Dianne. If a black kills a white & steals, then its murder & robbery. Racism, never comes into it, because as blacks tell you themselves, as much as they hate us, they can NEVER be racist.

      Rob - 2012-04-23 11:04

      100% Dianne. If a black kills a white & steals, then its murder & robbery. Racism, never comes into it, because as blacks tell you themselves, as much as they hate us, they can NEVER be racist.

  • Frik - 2012-04-23 10:47

    What political motivated trash! How is it possible to classify this racial attack when 1) HES NOT WHITE, he is mixed (But i guess being white means you’re a racist automatically due to public programming) 2. You (Media) report that he was only 17 but you post pictures of the “kid” when he was seven! 3) You (Media) cut and shortened the call to police when Zimmerman phones 911 so that it would sound more racially motived when in fact the police asked him what race the “kid” was. 4) This “kid” was part of the football team and outweighed this Zimmerman by around 50 pounds walks around at night in the rain with his hoody, 5) Why don’t you give the details the “kid” actually attacked this Zimmerman from behind and there was a fight ensued where Zimmerman who was a neighborhood watch guard got his head bashed into the pavement by this “kid” and that Zimmerman was calling for help before shooting. 6) Why your articles are also biased, why not give BOTH sides of the story. Isn’t this propaganda then, because its not the full truth neither does it benefit the public as its means is to sway public opinion regardless of the facts. I don’t understand how the media can get away with creating social hatred between races, when they are the same people who teach us to integrate!!!!!!!

      Hallo - 2012-04-23 11:08

      Frik stop being so defensive. By your OWN reasoning it could only be considered a racial attack of Zim was white. The fact is racism exists between all races. And this attack may well have been based on racial stereotype. So what is wrong with walking around with a hoodie? You are clearly displaying your racial bias fool. I suggest you get all the facts about the case.

      Hallo - 2012-04-23 11:08

      Frik stop being so defensive. By your OWN reasoning it could only be considered a racial attack of Zim was white. The fact is racism exists between all races. And this attack may well have been based on racial stereotype. So what is wrong with walking around with a hoodie? You are clearly displaying your racial bias fool. I suggest you get all the facts about the case.

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:09

      Hallo obviously racism exists between all races!!! Because we are all different races, just like animals are natural born racists! ITS NATURE we are programed that way. But there is a clear and definit double standard being issued by the media!!! Hell if it was a white guy and zimmerman was in the place of the "kid" it would also been portraid as a "racial" attack by the media, There is a definit campaign against the white man world wide which is extremely worrying!!! In this case it wasnth the race which caused this to happen, it was the "kids" motivation and his attack on the guard which cost him his life. So why did the media swing this waround?? Read more on: http://www.davidduke.com/?p=33586

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:09

      Hallo obviously racism exists between all races!!! Because we are all different races, just like animals are natural born racists! ITS NATURE we are programed that way. But there is a clear and definit double standard being issued by the media!!! Hell if it was a white guy and zimmerman was in the place of the "kid" it would also been portraid as a "racial" attack by the media, There is a definit campaign against the white man world wide which is extremely worrying!!! In this case it wasnth the race which caused this to happen, it was the "kids" motivation and his attack on the guard which cost him his life. So why did the media swing this waround?? Read more on: http://www.davidduke.com/?p=33586

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:11

      What they also dont mention he had expensive women juwelry with him, burgalry tools and shortly before this attack the "kid" also attacked a school bus driver!!!!!! Why does the media and esspecially news 24 not include these details, did they not know it or was it purposely not included?

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:11

      What they also dont mention he had expensive women juwelry with him, burgalry tools and shortly before this attack the "kid" also attacked a school bus driver!!!!!! Why does the media and esspecially news 24 not include these details, did they not know it or was it purposely not included?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-23 11:12

      Rob, If you were aiming for the "most ironic comment reward" for the month of April; hey man, you just won it. Congratulations!!!!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-23 11:12

      Rob, If you were aiming for the "most ironic comment reward" for the month of April; hey man, you just won it. Congratulations!!!!!!!!

      Hallo - 2012-04-23 11:19

      @Frik - A worldwide campaign against whites? Why don't you go sit on your stoep, have a cup of tea and relax old man. It is your type that perpetuate hate and mistrust amongst races.

      Hallo - 2012-04-23 11:19

      @Frik - A worldwide campaign against whites? Why don't you go sit on your stoep, have a cup of tea and relax old man. It is your type that perpetuate hate and mistrust amongst races.

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:24

      Hallo, what hate are you reffering to exactly? I am merely pointing out a fact. Admitting racial differences is not a crime nor is it hate. ALL our peoples have been doing it for thousands of years hence the fact that races still exist. Your labeling of me as a hatred shows your programming to belive that any person who is a person that doesnt agree with the media reality of "no races" and that any person denying this is a "hater" means you are brain washed and you should ask yourself who really forms your think patterns and the way you preceive the world. We should go into nature and kill off all animals to, they are all racist!

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:24

      Hallo, what hate are you reffering to exactly? I am merely pointing out a fact. Admitting racial differences is not a crime nor is it hate. ALL our peoples have been doing it for thousands of years hence the fact that races still exist. Your labeling of me as a hatred shows your programming to belive that any person who is a person that doesnt agree with the media reality of "no races" and that any person denying this is a "hater" means you are brain washed and you should ask yourself who really forms your think patterns and the way you preceive the world. We should go into nature and kill off all animals to, they are all racist!

      Hallo - 2012-04-23 11:25

      @Frik - also, you are quoting a former grand wizard of the KKK. nuff said.

      Hallo - 2012-04-23 11:25

      @Frik - also, you are quoting a former grand wizard of the KKK. nuff said.

      Given Von Baloyi - 2012-04-23 11:25

      Frik, change your dealer, the crap you suck out of your thumb is too potent and bad for you. Firstly this "kid" weighted at 135pound while clearly this Zimmerman is obese and fat. There are clear 911 call where this kid cries out for help. Zimmerman followed this kid against the advice of the 911 operator. This kid was on the phone with his girlfriend and told the girlfriend he was being followed to a point where this kid tried to run. The stand your ground law should apply in favor of this kid, I would have fought back if my life was in danger. Frik you are stupid as the folks who plan the hoodie. Fact of the matter is a black kid died at the hands of a stupid Hispanic man. Fact is this incident has all the ingredient of hate crime and you are stupid not to see that. Lastly you understanding of race is too narrow like your brain cells, Africans and Hispanics are a total different race

      Given Von Baloyi - 2012-04-23 11:25

      Frik, change your dealer, the crap you suck out of your thumb is too potent and bad for you. Firstly this "kid" weighted at 135pound while clearly this Zimmerman is obese and fat. There are clear 911 call where this kid cries out for help. Zimmerman followed this kid against the advice of the 911 operator. This kid was on the phone with his girlfriend and told the girlfriend he was being followed to a point where this kid tried to run. The stand your ground law should apply in favor of this kid, I would have fought back if my life was in danger. Frik you are stupid as the folks who plan the hoodie. Fact of the matter is a black kid died at the hands of a stupid Hispanic man. Fact is this incident has all the ingredient of hate crime and you are stupid not to see that. Lastly you understanding of race is too narrow like your brain cells, Africans and Hispanics are a total different race

      bluzulu - 2012-04-23 11:46

      Race issues are here to stay unfortunately.....Sad Sad Sad.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-23 11:46

      Race issues are here to stay unfortunately.....Sad Sad Sad.

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:48

      Given, you obviously have not studies the case. The media said it was the kid who called for help but after analyzing the tapes they found it to be Zimmerman who was calling for help. It was because Zimmerman stopped following the kid and heading back to his patrol vehicle when the "kid" attacked Zimmerman from behind! You are the "slow" one. Because the media is tagging Zimmerman as a WHITE not a hispanic you are correct, but the MEDIA started this out as a WHITE AGAINT BLACK hate crime, Please read propely before arguing senselessly. The Kid was a known tresspasser of the law, and was also found to of had burgarly tools. So the fool got what he deserved!

      Frik - 2012-04-23 11:48

      Given, you obviously have not studies the case. The media said it was the kid who called for help but after analyzing the tapes they found it to be Zimmerman who was calling for help. It was because Zimmerman stopped following the kid and heading back to his patrol vehicle when the "kid" attacked Zimmerman from behind! You are the "slow" one. Because the media is tagging Zimmerman as a WHITE not a hispanic you are correct, but the MEDIA started this out as a WHITE AGAINT BLACK hate crime, Please read propely before arguing senselessly. The Kid was a known tresspasser of the law, and was also found to of had burgarly tools. So the fool got what he deserved!

  • Jack - 2012-04-23 11:00

    His mother is selling Trayvon T shirts on amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=trayvon+t+shirts. She is the lowest of the low.

  • Bryan - 2012-04-23 11:05

    Talk about jumping on the race card band wagon... Typical of the media NOT to tell the true facts about a story but to manipulate a racial public outcry..!!!!

  • Rob - 2012-04-23 11:59

    Any action against, or criticism of a black by a member of another race, whether justified, is perceived to be racist. And if a fellow black is guilty of self same criticism of his own kind, even if justified, then he or she is a " sellout. " No shame felt @ all, but when one has no real hero's who have assisted mankind, eg Einstein, henry ford, wright brothers, marie curie, etc & your hero's are merely political such as malcom x, john brown, martin luther king etc, etc & you are raised to believe that your failure to progress in life is due to the fact that you are a victim. Then what can one expect !

      Frik - 2012-04-23 12:08

      This method was designed and setup by the communist parties over 100 years ago, where in they stated that they would tell the black man he is oppressed by the white man, while devoloping a white guilt patern in the white nations. They also set out to allow the white cultures to accept the black mans traditions...I.E Rap music and what ever, people these guidelines can be read today adn was writtend 100 years ago!!!! wake up to what is really happening and who controls the media!

      Frik - 2012-04-23 12:08

      This method was designed and setup by the communist parties over 100 years ago, where in they stated that they would tell the black man he is oppressed by the white man, while devoloping a white guilt patern in the white nations. They also set out to allow the white cultures to accept the black mans traditions...I.E Rap music and what ever, people these guidelines can be read today adn was writtend 100 years ago!!!! wake up to what is really happening and who controls the media!

      reginald.dube - 2012-04-23 12:27

      he he he so rap music is a black man tradition? LOL

      reginald.dube - 2012-04-23 12:27

      he he he so rap music is a black man tradition? LOL

  • reginald.dube - 2012-04-23 12:25

    closest we will come to knowing what happened, will be at trial, but remember dead man cant talk...... where is csi when you need them. now people bring weed into this, what if he did smoke some weed (Bush did too, but he was not shot for that)

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