Where did George Zimmerman go while being tracked by a satellite as he awaited trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin?
To Target to buy flowers for his wife, to a giant sporting-goods store in Lake Mary that has a huge selection of firearms — although he did not go into that department — and to his lawyer's office more than 100 times.
Zimmerman spent 372 days shackled to a satellite tracking device. It was one of the terms of his $1 million bail.
Records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show that during that time the 29-year-old former murder defendant and Neighborhood Watch volunteer moved three times, hired an assistant to help with transportation and errands and, in general, did exactly what he was supposed to.
He was prohibited from leaving Seminole County, except to travel to Orange County for appointments with his attorneys, and he was barred from going to Sanford's airport.
He did not violate those rules. Records show he was extremely compliant and cooperative.
Zimmerman was hooked to the satellite-monitoring system via an ankle strap July 6, 2012, the day he was released from the Seminole County Jail a second time on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon, whom he'd shot in Sanford five months earlier.
Zimmerman and family members had received death threats, and satellite records suggest he was concerned about safety.
He and his wife moved three times in two months, the records reveal. They hired a bodyguard, and Zimmerman ordered a bulletproof vest and infrared-alarm system for his home from a police-supply house.
Those last two things — ordering the bulletproof vest and the infrared device — prompted the retailer, Galls Police Supply in Lexington, Ky., to call the Sheriff's Office out of concern.
Three weeks after his release, he went to Gander Mountain, a Lake Mary sporting-goods store where before Trayvon's death Zimmerman had sometimes done target shooting.
When deputies spotted that, they watched the store's security video to see what Zimmerman was up to. He did not go into its firearms section, according to records.
Zimmerman went to Orange County 114 times to visit his attorneys, Mark O'Mara and Don West, according to the records. Often, he went four, five or even six days a week.
He also was under court order to phone the Sheriff's Office every 48 hours and report his whereabouts. He failed to do that once — on May 6. He said he forgot and apologized.
But he otherwise kept to that schedule even during his trial — which seems silly, given that the courtroom was under the constant watch of at least four Seminole County deputies, and the hallway outside was teeming with other deputies.
Zimmerman had problems with the hardware he had to wear. Eight times the Sheriff's Office and the private vendor responsible for the system had to change his ankle strap, according to records.
He had problems when he showered, and sometimes he complained it cut into his skin, records show.
During his trial there also were minor problems with the device, usually caused by human error.
During a hearing June 6, four days before the start of his trial, the electronic box he also had to carry as part of the GPS system began to beep while he was in court, so he handed it to a bodyguard, who carried it outside until the problem was resolved, records show.
A month later during his trial another alarm sounded — although not in court — because Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson had required attorneys to work past Zimmerman's 10 p.m. curfew.
Three weeks later, another alarm sounded — again not in court — because a bodyguard had mistakenly taken that same electronic box to a distant room.
The monitoring ended July 13, the night a six-member Seminole County jury acquitted Zimmerman on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The GPS records provided by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office do not show details of Zimmerman's movements, merely those recorded by deputies who kept a log of problems and documented when Zimmerman checked in or when they contacted him.
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