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Safety, location at issue if Zimmerman is released

Safety, location at issue if Zimmerman is released on bond By The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ' After spending a week in a jail cell by himself, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of murdering Trayvon Martin stands a good chance of being granted bail despite the charge's severity, according to legal experts.

Zimmerman is scheduled to appear at a bail hearing Friday in Sanford. If he is released, legal experts say key questions include whether Zimmerman can leave Seminole County and how he would remain safe.

Factors in whether Zimmerman will get bail include whether he poses a flight risk and is a danger to the community.

Zimmerman faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 slaying of 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Fla.., where Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch volunteer. The two got into a confrontation and Zimmerman shot the unarmed Martin. Zimmerman claims it was self-defense


Anderson reported from Miami.


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