George Zimmerman Apologizes to Trayvon Martin's Family; Bail Set at $150,000

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A judge granted bail for George Zimmerman at a hearing in Florida today, during which the defendant apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set bail at $150,000, but would not allow his release immediately, citing further discussions needed about the terms.

Lester said that Zimmerman must not contact the victim's family; must wear an ankle monitoring bracelet; and adhere to a 7 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew.

The hearing took place just a few hours after the release of a bloody photo of George Zimmerman's head taken the night of the now-infamous altercation.

Some say the photo could bolster his claim that Martin was the aggressor that night, and that he shot the teenager as an act of self-defense.

In any case, the presumption of innocence was enough to earn Zimmerman bail.

The judge's order also states that Zimmerman cannot be in possession of any firearms and must not consume alcohol or controlled substances.

Taking the stand briefly at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, Zimmerman addressed the parents of Martin, who were seated in court.

"I wanted to say that I am sorry for the loss of your son," he said.

"I did not know how old he was," he continued. "I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know whether he was armed or not."

Zimmerman said he had made a similar statement to police.

"I was told not to communicate with [Martin's parents]," said the 28-year-old, who was charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting.

"I did ask [my attorneys] to express that to them."

Zimmerman has been behind bars since his arrest nine days ago. His attorney, Mark O'Mara, asked the judge to let him out of jail while he awaits trial.

O'Mara also asked the judge to allow Zimmerman to leave the state while wearing a GPS bracelet, and to keep his location confidential to secure his safety.

The judge said he will consider those requests before granting the release of Zimmerman, who will almost certainly plead not guilty in the case.

Martin's parents were in the courtroom, coming face-to-face with their 17-year-old's killer for the first time. They wept at news of the bond.

After the hearing, Martin family attorney Ben Crump said Martin's parents were "very outraged" at the results of the hearing. He said:

"It was devastating that [Zimmerman] got to give a self-serving apology to help get him a bond. Why is everybody protecting George Zimmerman?"

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The police investigated and found it to be self defense. Enter the coalition for black moral order.....you have the media and fine *cough* black leaders pushing for Zimmerman to get charged. They buckled under the enormous pressure and now it's a crapshoot for justice. They will be lucky to get a manslaughter charge. It was self defense. Let's hope a jury of his "peers" see it that way.

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@Reall The charges statement from the Special Prosecutor has been released. Dershowitz, the Harvard Law Prof. has already read and analyzed it. That's why he said he couldn't see anything in it that could support a 2nd degree murder charge.

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Since the Prosecutors Office has not released the evidence how can anyone question the charge?? The prosecution has reviewed crime scene evidence, witness statements, crime lab, and autopsy reports. That is the evidence that will determine the course of this case not whether Trayvon should have run all the way home or GZ's weight or Trayvon not being the poor innocent teen who did nothing wrong.

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@Todd Right on! Some folks like to believe that he was this poor helpless little teen who did nothing! As you stated, there was an altercation. I prefer to go with real legal analysis. There's not enough in the charges statement to make this 2nd degree murder. Wish Dershowitz would join Zimmerman's legal team for the sake of securing justice in this case and help defend him. It's not just for Zimmerman's sake but for the sake of keeping our criminal justice system honest and fair.

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No, Reall. The person who is responsible here is Trayvon. He should have just kept running all the way to his house. You know he ran because it is well documented by Zimmerman on the 911 call. He obviously stopped running because we know that there was an altercation. There is no way that Zimmerman caught upto Traynon that quick based on his weight and Trayvon being on the football team. Crump doesn not about these details, he only like to talk about race, child, cold blood, hunted down, etc. This is his messgae.

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Todd I don't think this is just about money & lawsuits, but if it is, if you are correct, then please keep in mind that the individual who created the possibility is George Zimmerman.

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For real, Team Crump would have gotten away with this narrative they thoughtfully created of an angelic "child" who was "killed in cold blood". This is what is being told to the media and this is what is being fed to us. Thank god that the internet and unbiased bloggers, journalist, etc have reported this story in its entirety with all the facts and character backgrounds. What this story is realy about is money. Civil lawsuits. Period. The bottomline is that Trayvon doubled back and attacked Zimmerman. This has already been proven based on phone time, and the distance he was when Zimmerman called the police and the distatnce he was from the Dads house. All the while the Martins and their lawyers are screaming racisim, stalked, profiled, killed in cold blood, etc. They will look the silliest when the facts come out and they are sued by Zimmerman. Crump could careless about Justice. Crump wants a differnt Ju$tice.

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What happened in Houston was wrong. What happened in Sanford was wrong. This is not a racial issue 4 me. It is 1 of right & wrong. Your accusing me of racism isn't a reflection of what's inside me but what's inside you.

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Yes-HOUSTON TEXAS- IN APRIL A BLACK REGISTERED NURSE SHOT A MOTHER HOLDING HER 3 DAY OLD CHILD- IN THE PARKING LOT OF A PEDIATRIC CLINIC-SHOT HER MULTIPLE TIMES AND KILLED HER THEN KIDNAPPED HER BABY. RACIST BITCH- SHE WILL GET THE D/PENALTY! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT REALL " RACIST REALL OR IS IT- REALL RACIST!

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@ Reall- keep trying. The fact is the Martins are running out of gas! Blacks don't donate no more than they tip! Your investigating is amateur. Your Racist charges have created a Zimmerman FAN CLUB! I HOPE HE WALKS! WHEN HE DOES - I HOPE YOUR RACIST ASS SUFFERS!