George Zimmerman Apologizes to Trayvon Martin's Parents

Celebrity News Apr. 20, 2012 AT 12:50PM
George Zimmerman (L) appears for a bond hearing with his attorney Mark O'Mara (L) at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility April 12, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman (L) appears for a bond hearing with his attorney Mark O'Mara (L) at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility April 12, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Credit: Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images

 A Florida judge set George Zimmerman's bond at $150,000 Friday. 

Zimmerman, 28, was charged on April 11 with second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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In court on Friday, CNN reports Zimmerman apologized to Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who were in the room. He said on the stand, "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son."

"I did not know how old he was," Zimmerman added. "I thought that he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not."

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The case caused a national debate over race and self-defense. 

According to police, the African-American teenager was fatally shot by Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26 while walking back from a convenience store. Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Hispanic, was a neighborhood watch volunteer and claimed Martin attacked him. He was initially released without charges after claiming self-dense. 

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His bond was set with several conditions including GPS monitoring and no contact with the victim's family.

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