Bail has once again been set for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
Today, Judge Kenneth Lester set a second bail for Zimmerman, this time for $1 million.
According to CNN:
His attorney argued that Zimmerman should not be jailed because the state’s case is weak and his claim of self-defense is strong.
The judge’s order said that the $1 million bond was not a punishment, but an amount that assured the court that Zimmerman would not abscond. Zimmerman has the funds to pay for his release, the court said.
He would not have to post the full amount. Only a percentage is needed to make bail.
Zimmerman’s original bond was $150,000, which he quickly posted and was released in April.
But his bond was revoked and he was arrested again at the beginning of June because prosecutors in the case brought forth allegations that Zimmerman and his wife Shellie initially lied about their financial circumstances. The couple claimed that they were destitute, yet financial records showed they had removed money from their account before George’s first bond hearing to make it appear that they were struggling to make ends meet.
Shortly after George was arrested in June, Shellie was as well and charged with perjury for lying to the courts.
Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in the Trayvon Martin case and has entered a not guilty plea.