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Killer of Trayvon Martin out of jail on US$1 mil. bail

ORLANDO, Florida -- Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, was released on Friday from a Florida jail on US$1 million bail, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Zimmerman walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, at 2:49 p.m. EDT (1849 GMT), fitted with an electronic monitoring device, the Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Zimmerman was released on a US$150,000 bond in April but later ordered to return to jail in June after prosecutors alleged he misled the court about his finances and failed to surrender a valid passport.

In setting the US$1 million bond on Thursday, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said he believed Zimmerman and his wife Shellie had intended to flee the country but were thwarted by the judge's requirement that Zimmerman wear an electronic monitoring device.

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