George Zimmerman granted $1 million bond by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. in Trayvon Martin case

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SANFORD, Fla. -- George Zimmerman has been granted a $1 million bond by the judge overseeing the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. worked on the decision over the July 4th holiday and was finishing up his written decision Thursday morning, said Michelle Kennedy of Seminole County Court administration.

Zimmerman's bail comes with the following conditions:

1) He shall refrain from criminal activity of any kind.

2) he shall not have any contact with Trayvon Martin's family, directly or indirectly, except as necessary to conduct pretrial discovery through his attorneys.

3) He shall be subject to electronic monitoring at his own expense.

4) He shall not leave Seminole County without prior authorization by the court

5) He shall check in with the pre-trial release department every 48 hours.

6) He shall not enter the property of the Orlando Sanford International Airport.

7) He shall not open or maintain a bank account.

8) He shall not consume any alcohol.

9) He shall obey a curfew between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

10) He shall not apply for or obtain a passport.

Zimmerman's bail was revoked last month after Lester learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.

He will not have to post the full amount. Only a percentage is needed to make bail.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued last week that even though Zimmerman misled the court about his finances, he should not be jailed because the state's case is weak and his claim of self-defense is strong.

O'Mara asked Lester to grant the same $150,000 bail he granted in April after Zimmerman's wife and family testified they had little money.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda countered that Zimmerman should remain in jail without bail because he was complicit in lying to the court and can't be trusted.

"He quite frankly was manipulating the whole thing; he was using his wife as a conduit," de la Rionda said.

Forensic accountant Adam Magill testified that thousands of dollars in donated funds flowed into and out of Zimmerman's bank account in the days before the first bail hearing.

Magill said it appeared Zimmerman and his wife were speaking in code during recorded jailhouse telephone conversations about the amount of money involved. He also said that transferring funds between accounts could have been done to make it appear that Zimmerman had less money available for bail than he did.

De la Rionda reiterated that prosecutors believe Martin, an African-American, was an innocent victim who was accosted by Zimmerman without provocation. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, acknowledged fatally shooting Martin in February after calling police to report a suspicious person. Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, said Martin attacked him.


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