On Fri., April 20, George Zimmerman was granted bond on the second-degree murder charge he faces in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Seminole County Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. set bail at $150,000 and ordered Zimmerman be monitored by GPS following his release.
Before the judge issued his ruling, Zimmerman was last to take the stand (View Below) and apologized to Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, who were present in the courtroom:
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. And I did not know if he was armed or not.
Also on Friday, ABC News published a photo reportedly taken minutes after the shooting and showing the bloodied head of Zimmerman who has claimed self-defense in the case.
Zimmerman’s wife and parents testified via telephone out of fear for their safety and assured the court they would assume responsibility for his whereabouts upon his release. His attorney, Mark O’Mara, said he would not be released for several days because it would take time to put electronic monitoring in place and find a secure location for his client.
Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Martin family, said they were “completely devastated” by the judge’s decision to set bail so low and also said he considered Mr. Zimmerman’s apology “self-serving” and a ploy to win his release from jail.