COURTS, NEWSROOM AMERICA
A Florida judge granted George Zimmerman’s request for bail Friday, setting his bond at $150,000 in his second-degree murder case in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
In addition to setting bail, Judge Kenneth Lester ordered Zimmerman to wear a GPS locator. Zimmerman was not set to be released Friday, however.
Reports said Zimmerman, 28, arrived in court around 9 a.m. in handcuffs and a chain across his waist. He was seated next to his attorney, Mark O’Mara.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and family attorney Benjamin Crump were also present in court, said reports.
In the moments before Lester ruled on his bond, Zimmerman took to the stand and apologized to the Martin family for the death of their son.
“I did not know if he was armed or not,” Zimmerman said, adding he was sorry for their loss.
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