George Zimmerman was today granted bail in the amount of $9,000 in relation to yesterday's alleged domestic violence incident, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The order came with restrictions: no contacting his girlfriend in any way (meaning he can't return to the house they shared), he must surrender his guns and ammunition, and he must wear a GPS monitor. ABC News reports his lawyers expect him to be out tomorrow. The state had requested bail be set at $50,000, and made this revelation in the course of doing so: It claims girlfriend Samantha Scheibe suffered domestic violence once previously at the hands of Zimmerman, during which he tried to strangle her; she didn't report it.
Zimmerman has a new lawyer, who happens to be the chief of the public defender's office in Sanford. That may have something to do with the fact that he is $2.5 million in debt, NBC News reports. In the Trayvon Martin case, Zimmerman was represented in part by Mark O'Mara, who charged $400 an hour. Jeff Dowdy today described his client as "indigent." Read the he said/she said of what happened yesterday here.