George Zimmerman apologized in court Friday to Martin’s family for shooting the 17-year-old boy.
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman said in an unusual appeal directly to Martin’s family before he testified in the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford. “I thought he was a little bit younger than I was, and I did not know if he was armed or not.”
He didn’t want to defend himself, he didn’t want to discuss the facts of the case. He heard the request of the family, and he wanted to respond to it,” O’Mara said, adding that an attempt to apologize to the family in private was rebuffed.”
Martin’s parents were “completely devastated” over the decision to allow Zimmerman to post bond and eventually go free.
With the 10% cash payment customarily made to secure bond, Zimmerman could be freed with $15,000 from his family. He will likely remain in jail for at least a couple of days while his attorneys and authorities work out terms of his release, which also include electronic monitoring and other restrictions.