Zimmerman Apologizes, Can Go Free on Bail

Tells Trayvon's parents he's sorry; judge sets bond at $150K
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2012 10:34 AM CDT
Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton, parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, listen during a public town hall meeting April 19 in Tampa.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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(Newser) – George Zimmerman could be out on bail as early as tomorrow. The judge at his bond hearing today set the amount at $150,000, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Zimmerman, who will have to wear a GPS monitor, took the stand himself before the ruling and apologized to Trayvon Martin's parents, notes AP:

  • "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not."
  • His wife and parents testified by phone. "He is absolutely not a violent person," said his wife, Shellie. His father said Zimmerman had various injuries after the shooting, including a swollen face and lip, and "two vertical gashes on the back of his head."
  • Zimmerman's appearance on the stand was a surprise, given that it was only a bond hearing. "I didn't know we were going to be trying the case today," said the prosecuting attorney, according to CNN.
  • In another development, ABC News broadcast a photograph showing blood on the back of Zimmerman's head on the night of Martin's death, appearing to back up his claims that the two were fighting beforehand.

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