George Zimmerman has a bond.
In an unforeseen turn of events, a Seminole County Circuit Court Judge granted alleged Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman a bond. Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder with a firearm - a non-bondable offense in the State of Florida.
While the public has been quick to find Zimmerman guilty of murder for shooting the 17-year old Martin, the Judge determined that a bond was appropriate in this case.
Apparently, the State even conceded that there was no proof evident, no presumption great of guilt - the legal standard that must be met in order for an accused person to be held in custody without bond.
In today's Arthur Hearing, Zimmerman's attorney exploited a lot of the weaknesses in the state's case. One major problem with the state's case is that the prosecution cannot prove who started the confrontation. This piece of evidence is crucial as the state must rebut Zimmerman's Stand Your Ground claim.
Zimmerman will be released on a $150,000 bond with GPS monitoring. He will not be allowed to possess firearms or use alcohol. He must also abide by a curfew.
This failure to meet their burden at this stage in the litigation process tells me that the state will likely have a lot of problems convicting Zimmerman of murder.