The weekend of April 20, 2012 brings some new information forward in the Trayvon Martin case that has been flooding the media for the past two months.
The bond hearing for George Zimmerman created a media stir after Zimmerman was granted bail by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. in the amount of $150,000. George Zimmerman’s lawyer reported Saturday that he will probably not be released from jail until the middle of the week as his family is gathering money to post his bond of 10%, or $15,000.
Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. stated the terms of the bail to include Zimmerman must wear an electronic tracking device, although he may be allowed to leave the state. He cannot have any contact with Martin's family, carry firearms or consume alcohol or illegal drugs. He must abide by a curfew between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and check in with authorities every three days. He surrendered his passport at the beginning of Friday's hearing.
Due to the tracking device arrangements, Zimmerman was not allowed to be released from jail on April 20, 2012 following the hearing. His attorney, Mark O’Mara, was told to secure these arrangements with the police department and sheriff’s office before he could be released.
The bail hearing also brought forward some new information in the case. During the process of questioning by George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, the state admitted that they still do not know who attacked who on the night of February 26, 2012. As this admission was brought forward, an image displaying a bloodied George Zimmerman also began to surface through news videos. Digital forensics uncovered that the photo of the back of Zimmerman’s head was taking just minutes after the shooting.
This image seems to be the first shred of evidence released to the public that backs Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. In addition, Zimmerman shocked the world by taking the stand at his own bond hearing. Zimmerman’s lawyer explained during a following public-announcement, that Zimmerman attempted to meet with the family personally to apologize, but the attorney for the Martins, Benjamin Crump, refuse to allow the meeting to take place.
As a last resort, Zimmerman took the stand to apologize and answer questions asked by Trayvon’s family in a previous interview.
“I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was,” Zimmerman said, after taking the witness stand about two hours into the hearing. “I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not.”
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin did not accept his apology. Fulton reportedly turned her head and refused to accept what he was saying. Crump issued a statement saying the apology was “self-serving” and meaningless. Martin’s parents were furious over the judge’s decision and left the court room before the hearing ended.
No information has been released regarding a specific date that George Zimmerman would post bail. No location was given regarding where Zimmerman would go after his release while waiting for the trial.
O’Mara has filed a motion for discovery to the state, however the state has yet to provide any evidence from the case.