“He needs to get out. He should not be in jail. I want him out because I need him out. He wants to get out. His family wants him out. It should happen.”
– Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s Attorney
A judge has ruled George Zimmerman, 28, to be released on $150,000 bail, The Associated Press reports.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set conditions for Zimmerman’s release, which prohibits Zimmerman from having any firearms, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs, AP reports. Zimmerman must also follow a curfew between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Mark O’Mara, attorney for Zimmerman, said Zimmerman “needs to get out” and “should not be in jail.”
“I want him out because I need him out,” he said. “He wants to get out. His family wants him out. It should happen.”
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed boy who was walking back to his father’s fiancé’s home from picking up snacks.
Zimmerman took the witness stand during the proceeding to deliver a message to the victim’s parents.
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not,” he said.
In the 911 audio, Zimmerman told an emergency dispatcher he believed Martin was in his late teens.
It is not yet known when he will be released.