Update (3:56 p.m. EDT): In case you were wondering where Zimmerman got the rest of the collateral for his bail, the Sentinel's Bianca Prieto tweets that his parents put their house up.
Update (3:26 p.m. EDT): Zimmerman is out on bail once more. He "calmly walked out of the Seminole County Jail" just before 3 p.m., reports Orlando Sentinel's Rene Stutzman. "Zimmerman was wearing a white dress shirt with no tie and a jacket when he left the jail and got into a waiting SUV." He'll head to his safe house first, then eventually they'll find him a permanent place to stay.
Original: George Zimmerman has a safe house in Seminole County, Florida and could be living in it by the end of the day, his legal team said on its blog, after the defendant in the Trayvon Martin killing raised $20,000 in less than 24 hours. Zimmerman has to pay 10 percent of his $1 million bail and prove he has collateral worth the rest in order to gain his release.
In Friday's blog post his team said they were "confident that Mr. Zimmerman will be released soon, although the exact time will not be revealed out of respect for the security concerns surrounding his release." He'll use this safe house until he finds more permanent accommodations, and, per his lawyers, his fundraising has apparently ticked up: "Since the $1,000,000 bond was made public on July 5, supporters have donated approximately $20,000. In the two months prior to the Court’s Order Setting Bail, the George Zimmerman Defense Fund had received approximately $55,000."
Zimmerman had raised $204,000 in the weeks before his arrest through a website called The Real George Zimmerman that's since been taken offline. Until a judge raised his bail this week, the money he'd been raising had slowed to a trickle. Clearly the funding bump shows Zimmerman's supporters are still willing to speak with their dollars when they think it will help him.
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