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Friday, April 20, 2012

Judge Sets Bond at $150K for Zimmerman & He Apologizes to Trayvon Martin's Parents

      A Florida judge set bond Friday at $150,000 for the release of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr. said Zimmerman would not be released immediately and that he would be monitored electronically via GPS. The terms of the bond include a curfew and no alcohol or guns. Also, Zimmerman must be in touch with authorities every three days. The judge wouldn’t rule on whether Zimmerman would be allowed to leave the state.  Zimmerman’s attorney had asked for a $15,000 bond, citing his client’s family’s modest financial holdings. The prosecution said Zimmerman should not be granted a bond, but if he is, it should be for $1 million.  
        The judge's ruling came after Zimmerman took the stand and said he felt sorry that Martin’s parents had lost their child. Zimmerman had not been expected to address the hearing. His comments were the most robust to date about the incident, which set off a wave of protests and an examination of race relations in the country.  “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” said Zimmerman, who was wearing a suit and in chains. He said that at the time of the shooting he did not know how old Martin was or whether he was armed. He also said he previously had asked police and his attorneys to tell Martin’s family that he was sorry.

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