George Zimmerman was freed on bail Tuesday in connection with a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend, but a judge barred him from having guns or leaving the state.
Seminole County Judge Fred Schott raised the standard $5,000 bail for the charges to $9,000 because of a new claim Zimmerman had recently tried to choke girlfriend Samantha Scheibe. The state’s attorney had requested $50,000.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, posted a $900 bond and left the jail about 4:30 p.m. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 7 on domestic-violence charges involving aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief.
Zimmerman, 30, was ordered to have no contact with Scheibe, 27, and to wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure that he would not approach 1,500-foot “exclusionary zones” around two addresses in the area.
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