George Zimmerman was released from the Seminole County Jail at 2:49 p.m ET Friday after posting $1 million bond in the Trayvon Martin murder case.
Zimmerman, 28, was wearing a white shirt and gray suit as he stepped into an SUV and was driven off in style. Don West, one of Zimmerman’s attorneys, described his client’s mood as “buoyant.”
He was fitted with an electronic monitoring device before his release. Zimmerman is required to stay in Seminole County, according to a statement by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department.
According to conditions of his release, Zimmerman can not open a bank account, obtain a passport or set foot on the grounds of the local airport. He has a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
On Thursday, Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr. ordered Zimmerman’s bond raised to $1 million in light of revelations Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, had misled the court about their finances during an April 20 bond hearing.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, inside a gated community in Sanford.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, pleaded not guilty and told police he acted in self-defense after Martin punched him and knocked his head against the pavement.
“He’s very happy to be out,” West said. “Certainly it’s been a sobering experience being in that kind of environment.”
Zimmerman had to pay a bond company $100,000 but also needed $1 million in collateral to secure the bail, according to his legal team. West refused to say what was being used as collateral after Zimmerman left the jail.
“We worked that out,” West said.
His parents, the document shows, put up their house as collateral.
Zimmerman will stay in a “safe house” before relocating to a permanent residence, and he has hired a security team, according to information posted on a website run by his legal team.