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George Zimmerman bond set at $1 million

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George Zimmerman can once again be released from jail while he waits for his trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida judge ruled Thursday.

Photo: Seminole County Sheriff

As first reported by the Orlando Sentinel, a judge issued a ruling granting Zimmerman's release on $1 million bond. It's the second time bond has been issued on the man who admitted to shooting the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

It was not immediately clear when Zimmerman would be released, the Sentinel's Rene Stutzman said, but a defense attorney says that his client has enough to post the non-refundable portion of the bond.

This is the second time bond has been issued for Zimmerman since being arrested in early April. He earlier posted $150,000 bond, but was rearrested several weeks later after a judge ruled he and his wife, Sherrie, had lied about their financial situation.

Sherrie was briefly taken into custody on perjury charges in mid-June after her sworn testimony about the couple's inability to bail George out of jail.

Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing.

Zimmerman and his wife did not mention the money then, and Shellie even said the couple had limited resources because she was a student and he wasn't working.

In a trove of documents released by the state of Florida, prosecutors allege that George and Sherrie used code to discuss how much money they had in a savings account and a defense fund.

The calls, released by prosecutors, also detail how Zimmerman instructed his wife to transfer money from bank accounts and could play a crucial role in his second bond hearing next week.

READ MORE at OrlandoSentinel.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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