Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 7

Judge sets $150,000 bond for Zimmerman. Plus: Zimmerman says he's "sorry" to Trayvon's parents at bail hearing; says he didn't know if the teen was armed.


Bond of $150,000 set for Zimmerman: The Associated Press reports that the judge in George Zimmerman's case has decided that he can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The judge says there is a possibility that Zimmerman will be allowed to go out of state because of worries about his safety, but details need to be worked out among the attorneys and law enforcement. The judge says Zimmerman will not be released on Friday.

Zimmerman says he's "sorry" to Trayvon's parents at bail hearing; says he didn't know if the teen was armed: George Zimmerman spoke at his bond hearing Friday morning, answering questions about whether he had given an apology or expressed regret over shooting Trayvon Martin, Mediaite reports. His attorney, Mark O’Mara, told the court that his client wanted to make a statement, and Zimmerman said, "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not." Watch video from the hearing at Mediaite.

Friday, April 20, 9:58 a.m. EDT: Zimmerman seeking release on bond: At the beginning of this morning's bail hearing, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, handed in his passport and began calling witnesses to testify on Zimmerman's behalf, MSNBC reports. The first witness called was his wife, Shellie Nicole Dean, who said she "absolutely" would take on the responsbiility of making sure Zimmerman doesn't try to flee his charges. Ahead of the hearing, O'Mara suggested that he would ask the judge to allow Zimmerman to leave the area -- but not the country -- if he is granted bond.

Friday, April 20, 9:24 a.m. EDT: Bail hearing for Zimmerman:  A bail hearing began on Friday morning for George Zimmerman. The parents of Zimmerman, 28, are expected to be available by telephone during the proceeding to offer assurances to the judge that Mr. Zimmerman will not flee if he is released on bail, the New York Times reports.

Friday, April 20, 9:20 a.m. EDT: New photo shows Zimmerman's bloody head: A new photograph obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman's head was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin

Friday, April 20, 7:45 a.m. EDT: Trayvon's parents decline request to speak with Zimmerman: NBC 6 reports that George Zimmerman reached out to ask to speak to Trayvon Martin's parents Thursday night, but they rejected that request. Attorney Benjamin Crump told NBC 6 that they felt that Zimmerman had never publicly apologized for what happened to their son and that they thought it was inappropriate to do so at the eleventh hour before his Friday bond hearing. 

Thursday, April 19, 2:21 p.m. EDT: Source says Trayvon's last words were, "OK, you got it": The Daily Beast is reporting today on the statement of a law-enforcement source who says that Zimmerman told police that Trayvon's last words after the shooting were, "OK, you got it," which he said twice, then turned and fell facedown on the ground. Trayvon's father told reporters last month that police had told him his son's last words were, "You got me." Benjamin Crump, the family's lawyer, said that he doesn't believe either account, the Daily Beast reports.

Thursday, April 19, 1:51 p.m. EDT: Florida governor announces "Stand your ground" task force members: Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll announced Thursday morning the members of the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, a panel created in response to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and debate over the state's controversial "Stand your ground" law. The Miami Herald reports that Carroll will chair the task force along with vice chair the Rev. R.B. Holmes Jr., pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee.

Thursday, April 19, 9:48 a.m. EDT: Who's the new judge in George Zimmerman's case? The Palm Beach Post News has this description of county Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., the new judge appointed to hear the case of George Zimmerman, accused in the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. "Lester, 58, has been a judge for 15 years, presiding over several high-profile murder cases. He was the judge in the Michael Reynolds murder case, in which the day laborer got into a dispute with a couple, brutally killing them and their 11-year-old daughter. Lester sentenced Reynolds to two death sentences plus life in prison in 2003. The next year, he meted out a death sentence to a handyman in the ax murder of a 71-year-old Oviedo man ... Since his election to the bench in 1996, Lester has often topped annual judicial polls by two professional lawyer groups. In addition to the criminal divisions of circuit court, Lester has served in juvenile, delinquency, dependency, probate, guardianship and mental health."

Tuesday, April 19, 9:58 a.m. EDT: Trayvon's parents to attend town hall on "Stand your ground": Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin will take part in a panel discussion on Florida's "Stand your ground" law in Tampa today, the Tampa Tribune reports. The "Stand Your Ground for Justice" town hall meeting is sponsored by the National Bar Association, the largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges.