George Zimmerman is lying low after he was released on $150,000 bail early Monday morning. Zimmerman is used to hiding, as he was on the lam for a month after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26th.
According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon.
Zimmerman is next scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment on May 8th, but has declined to appear for a formal reading of charges against him, which you can see in the documents below. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty.
The city of Sanford, Florida has been at the epicenter of the Trayvon case. It was announced yesterday that the City Commission rejected the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee, who was roundly criticized for not initially charging Zimmerman and had stepped down temporarily in March to let emotions cool.
As for Zimmerman, he can’t go too far as authorities can pinpoint his location with a GPS ankle bracelet that he must wear around the clock. Zimmerman has waived his appearance at his upcoming arraignment next month, so he can stay underground if he wants.
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara told CNN’s Anderson Cooper:
"He's doing well, he's very glad to be out, trying to get settled in, still worried about his safety, but, you know, talking to his family and feeling much better than being in."
O'Mara declined to say if Zimmerman was in Florida, only saying his client will travel to several locations for his safety.
The guidelines for Zimmerman’s release state that he must limit who knows his whereabouts to avoid the risk that someone will give him up.
As for social media, Zimmerman has to refrain from making any public statements, whether via social media sites like Facebook or Twitter or his own website, www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com. Zimmerman is using his website to help raise money for his legal defense.
O'Mara went on to tell Cooper that Zimmerman is not under police protection and that his family is paying for the security measures:
"He's sort of on his own with his own protection at this point."
O'Mara has ruled out Zimmerman getting a job while he is out on bail. O'Mara wrote in court papers that Zimmerman "has no significant financial assets or savings."
As for now, Zimmerman is in hiding and awaits the trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
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