Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who is charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, was just granted $150,000 bond. The defendant testified during the hearing and apologized to the teen’s family. ABC News also just revealed the alleged bloodied photo of Zimmerman the night of Trayvon’s murder.
“I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman said after taking the witness stand. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.” [Watch below.]
Martin’s family was in the courtroom for the hearing where Zimmerman’s lawyer was requesting that his client be released on bond.
Seminole County Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. granted Zimmerman a bond of $150,000 and ordered that upon release, Zimmerman would be monitored by GPS. The judge also said Zimmerman is to not be in possession of or near firearms, not drink alcohol or use drugs, observe a daily curfew from 7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., tell authorities his whereabouts every three days, and to have no contact with Trayvon Martin’s family.
ABC revealed the photo that may have gotten Zimmerman the surprisingly low bond:
As for defense attorney Mark O’Mara’s request that Zimmerman be allowed to reside away from Florida, the judge said O’Mara and the state should get together and determine whether that can be accomplished.
Zimmerman’s family testified by phone in the hearing at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center.
His father, George Zimmerman Sr., said that even when confronted his son was likely to “turn the other cheek.” The father also described what he said were his son’s injuries Feb. 27, the morning after Martin was shot and killed. Listen below.
Zimmerman’s mother, Gladys, said her son was “very protective” of vulnerable people such as the homeless and children. She described how he got involved in a mentoring program for children in Orlando, noting that both of the children he mentored were African-American like Martin.
Zimmerman’s wife Shellie said, ”He is absolutely not a violent person.” Listen below.
Prosecutors raised a 2005 incident where an undercover law enforcement officer said Zimmerman attacked him and an incident where a former girlfriend said she was also attacked.
Zimmerman has admitted to fatally shooting the 17-year-old unarmed teen during a confrontation last February in a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman says he shot out of self-defense.