Zimmerman was great, did a great job..
UPDATE BOND GRANTED ZIMMERMAN A FREE MAN!!
Zimmerman will be allowed to leave jail today a free man
until court.... O'mara hammered the lead investigater
the mother wife and father are solid, just good all around
case for zimmerman the bond hearing went really
Bond set at $150,000 or 10% to bondsmen 50,000 is
the amount he would have to actually pay to get out, the house covers
that plentyApril 20, 2012 11:05 AM PrintText
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George Zimmerman appears in court at a bond hearing, April 20, 2012. (CBS)
(CBS/AP) SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman took the stand at a bail hearing Friday, apologizing to the parents of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who he
fatally shot in February.
"I'm sorry for the loss of your son," Zimmerman said.
Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, were in the courtroom as a judge heard testimony before deciding on Zimmerman's request to be
released on bond. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old. He has claimed
Zimmerman was wearing a suit but was in shackles as he took the stand.
Zimmerman' parents and wife testified by phone earlier in the hearing at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, saying he is not a flight risk
nor a threat to the community. Zimmerman's family members were testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened.
"He is absolutely not a violent person," his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, testified.
Zimmerman's 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.
"His face was swollen quite a bit. He had a protective cover over his nose. His lip was swollen and cut. And there were two vertical gashes on the
back of his head," the elder Zimmerman testified.
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.
Mrs. Zimmerman said she was concerned about her son's safety in that program because he traveled twice a month to a dangerous neighborhood.
"He said, 'Mom, if I don't go, they don't have nobody,"' Mrs. Zimmerman said.
But assistant prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda asked the family members about two incidents. In 2005, George Zimmerman had to take anger management
courses after an undercover law enforcement officer accused him of attacking him as he tried to arrest Zimmerman's friend. In another incident, a
girlfriend accused Zimmerman of attacking her. No charges were filed.
Zimmerman asked to meet with Martin's parents before the hearing, but the family's lawyers said this was not the time.
"We believe (the) Zimmerman request is very self-serving, considering the timing of it 50 days later, right before his bond hearing," said Justin R.
Campbell — an assistant to attorney Benjamin Crump — in an emailed statement late Thursday.
Legal experts say factors that favor Zimmerman getting bail include his ties to the local community and that he doesn't appear to be a flight risk
since he turned himself in voluntarily after second-degree murder charges were filed against him last week. He also has never been convicted of a
crime, which would indicate he doesn't pose a threat to society.
"Although it's not routine for people charged with murder to get bond, they do get bond, and I think there is an excellent argument to be made in his
specific case for him to be released on bond," said defense attorney Randy McClean, who practices in Seminole County, about 15 miles northeast of
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara indicated before the hearing he would ask that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area, if he is granted bond, because of
concerns about his safety. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester was assigned the case Wednesday after a previous judge recused herself because of a potential
conflict of interest.
"Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult," O'Mara said in an interview. "I think nobody would deny the
fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality."
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