Apr 24, 2012

SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Later Monday, the Sanford City Commission rejected by a 3-2 vote the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee, who was roundly criticized for not initially charging Zimmerman and had stepped down temporarily in March he said to let emotions cool.

Even though authorities can pinpoint Zimmerman's location with a GPS ankle bracelet, that he must wear round the clock, the public may not see him again for some time. Zimmerman has waived his appearance at his upcoming arraignment next month, so he can stay underground if he wants.

"He's doing well, he's very glad to be out, trying to get settled in, still worried about his safety, but, you know, talking to his family and feeling much better than being in" jail, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said Monday night on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.

O'Mara declined to say if Zimmerman was in Florida, only saying his client will travel to several locations for his safety. O'Mara did not immediately return phone calls Monday by The Associated Press.

Zimmerman already has experience laying low: For more than a month before his arrest, he eluded the media and his whereabouts were not known. His attorney has suggested he had several options for where Zimmerman can stay this time, and a judge indicated he was willing to let Zimmerman leave the state.

Until the next time he must come before a judge, Zimmerman will have to skip such routine pleasures as eating in a restaurant or taking a long stroll outside, said Jose Baez, a former attorney for Casey Anthony. Anthony, acquitted last summer of killing her 2-year-old daughter, went into hiding after her release from jail.

"He may be free, but he's not free," Baez said.

First, Zimmerman must limit who knows his whereabouts to avoid the risk someone will give the secret away, Baez said.

"Unfortunately, the people you think you trust, sometimes you find you just really can't," Baez said.

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1 comment:

  1. I really hope the voters in Florida are paying attention. They are truly spitting in the eyes of voters and tax paying citizens/ As far as I am concerned, this case would not have become the big media deal that it did if the Sanford Police Department had done their job. How do we know that they didn't do their job? The prosecutor has charged the man with second degree murder when the police let him go home the same night. A lawyer for the Fuller/Martin family found a crucial ear witness to the crime ...You're the police you're supposed to investigate which means dumping Trayvon's cell phone record but they didn't do that or if they did, they didn't think it was important to talk to the person he's on the phone with just a few minutes before he's killed and see what they heard...I was insulted by the notion that he could "temporarily resign" from his job but now by not accepting his resignation they are saying that he was right not to have arrested Zimmerman in the first place and then the police had the nerve to testify in favor of Zimmerman at his bond hearing. You all keep sleeping on your elected officials BUT don't be surprised when you wake up and there's a mandate issued that Black people report to the nearest Social Services office so that we can be returned to the plantation