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Defense Worried About Zimmerman's Safety in Fla.

6:56 PM, Apr 21, 2012   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Reporters, photographers and cameramen are staking out the Seminole County Jail in Florida today after a judge agreed to let George Zimmerman out on $150,000 bail.

The neighborhood watch volunteer is facing a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. His attorney says it'll be a few days before Zimmerman is released as his family tries to secure collateral for the bail.

Defense attorneys for other high-profile clients who awaited trial on bail had advice for how to protect Zimmerman, whose shooting of the unarmed black 17-year-old sparked nationwide protests. They say he should leave Florida, avoid going out in public and never be left alone.

New York attorney Barry Slotnick represented subway shooter Bernhard Goetz in the 1980s. He says Zimmerman will put himself in harm's way unless he takes precautions.

Associated Press

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