Zimmerman Gets $9K Bail, Is $2.5M in Debt

No more $400-an-hour lawyer for Zimmerman
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2013 1:27 PM CST
This image provided by the Seminole County Sheriff`s Office shows former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman after he was arrested Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Apopka, Fla.   (AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff`s Office)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more George Zimmerman stories.)

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