Just two weeks after being arrested and held in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail around midnight on Sunday night.

The 28-year-old volunteer Neighborhood Watch captain has been released on $150,000 bond as he waits to be tried on Second Degree Murder charges stemming from the February 26 shooting of the unarmed teen.

On Friday, Judge Kenneth Lester placed several restrictions on Zimmerman’s release: he cannot have any firearms, Zimmerman has a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, he cannot contact Martin’s family, and he must check in with local law enforcement every three days. In an effort to preserve his safety, Florida officials did not say where Zimmerman will be staying while he waits for his trial to begin, which can take several months or even a year (or more) to begin.

Since millions signed petitions calling for Zimmerman’s arrest and thousands took too the streets from Florida to New York and Los Angeles and London, officials in Sanford say things in the city have calmed down.

“The mood in Sanford has calmed down tremendously,” Sanford Commissioner Patty Mahany told the Huffington Post. “I think now that people are able to see the justice system taking place, even though they understand it’s going to be quite slow, people are willing to just remain calm and really we’re all getting back to our daily routines.”

Zimmerman’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 29 when he is to be formally arraigned on Second Degree Murder charges.

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  • Pat

     On the 29th Zimmermans lawyer can ask the judge for a review of the evidence and the judge can rule to have the charges dropped…

  • Pat

    With such a low bail it really sets the tone of how this case will turn out in my book. Will we really see justice for Travon? Because all I see is special treatment for zimmerman. Others have committed lesser crimes but get higher bail.

  • Alexandra

    The bail was low from the start, what could anyone expect?
    The way things are going for him gives me the impression that he may get off.

    The prosecutor in charge, also handled the case of the Black woman that ‘stood her ground’…..

  • Bunny

    Yeah, I don’t see this going very well as far as justice for Trayvon