By questioning a state investigator on the witness stand during a routine bail hearing, George Zimmerman’s defense attorney showed some of the weaknesses in prosecutors’ claims that the neighborhood watch volunteer committed second-degree murder, legal experts say.
A judge ruled Friday that Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail while he awaits trial on murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a Feb. 26 confrontation in a Sanford, Fla. gated community. Zimmerman apologized to Martin’s parents, who were in the courtroom for the bail hearing, in a surprise appearance on the witness stand. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty and claims self-defense.
“I am sorry for the loss of your son,” said Zimmerman, marking the first time he has spoken in public about the confrontation with the unarmed black teen. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.”
Read more at Official Wire. By Mike Schneider, AP.
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