Zimmerman Bonds Out of Jail on $1 Million

Zimmerman left jail Friday afternoon a day after a judge set his second bond at $1 million

George Zimmerman was released from jail Friday afternoon a day after a judge set his second bond at $1 million.

Zimmerman left the Seminole County Jail wearing a suit with a white dress shirt shortly before 3 p.m. He was fitted with an electronic monitoring device that will be monitored by county officials, as specified under his release conditions.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set Zimmerman's bond at $1 million through a written order Thursday and wrote that Zimmerman has "tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so."

Read the Judge's Full Ruling Here (PDF)

Under the judge's bond conditions, Zimmerman will not be able to leave Seminole County, will not be allowed to consume alcohol or open a bank account and will have to adhere to a curfew.

"He's very happy to be out," said Don West, one of Zimmerman's attorneys. "Certainly it's been a sobering experience being in that kind of environment."

Lester revoked Zimmerman's original $150,000 bond last month after prosecutors said Zimmerman and his wife "misled" the court about their finances.

Prosecutors argued Zimmerman didn't tell the judge during his bond hearing about $135,000 in donations raised from a website. They also said Zimmerman and his wife talked in code during recorded jailhouse conversations about the money.

Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, was arrested and charged with perjury but bonded out of jail.

During Zimmerman's second bond hearing, one of his attorneys, Mark O'Mara, argued that his client acted out of fear and confusion and did not have an intent to deceive the court.

In his ruling, though, the judge wrote that Zimmerman "flaunted the system" and had manipulated the system to his own benefit.

The neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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