George Zimmerman’s Bond Set at $150,000, Apologizes to Family [Details]
Rucuss staffApril 20, 2012
A week after George Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder, a judge set his bond at $150,000 during a hearing Friday morning in Sanford, Fla.
Judge Kenneth Lester granted bail for Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, but would not allow his release Friday. He cited further discussions needed about the terms, including whether or not he would be allowed out of state.
Under the conditions of the bond, he cannot have any contact with the Martin family, reports CNN. He must wear an ankle monitoring bracelet and adhere to a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
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.
“I did not know how old he was,” he said. “I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know whether he was armed or not.”
After the hearing, Martin family attorney Ben Crump said Martin’s parents were “very outraged” at the results of the hearing.
“It was devastating that [Zimmerman] got to give a self-serving apology to help get him a bond,” Crump said. “Why is everybody protecting George Zimmerman?”
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara asked the judge to allow Zimmerman to leave the state while wearing a GPS bracelet, and to keep his location confidential in order to help secure his safety.
Zimmerman has claimed self-defense regarding the fatal shooting of Martin on Feb. 26.
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