In a dramatic turn of events, George Zimmerman today apologized to Trayvon Martin’s parents over the death of their 17-year-old son.
He surprised a Florida court today by taking the stand an apologizing directly to the parents of the slain teen.
“I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit older than I was,” Zimmerman said addressing Martin’s family directly, who were in the courtroom for his bond hearing.
Zimmerman took the stand wearing a dark suit with his hands shackled to a belt around his waist.
The bond hearing concluded this morning with Judge Kenneth Lester agreeing to allow Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder, to post a $150,000 bond to get out of jail. The prosecution had argued that Zimmerman should be denied bail or that it should be set at $1 million.
In a new development in the case that has captivated the nation, ABC News have obtained this exclusive image which shows blood trickling down the back of Zimmerman’s head from two cuts. It also shows a possible contusion forming on the crown of his head. (WARNING: THIS IMAGE IS OF THE GRAPHIC NATURE)
ABC News exclusively obtained a photograph showing the bloodied back of Zimmerman’s head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Martin. The photo could give credence to Zimmerman’s claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete as Zimmerman fought for his life.
The original police report that night notes that the back of Zimmerman’s head was wet, and that he was bleeding from the nose and head.
The photographer said that after the shooting, Zimmerman asked the photographer to call his wife. When the photographer asked him what to say, Zimmerman blurted out, “Man, just tell her I shot someone.”
Investigators have seen the photo.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump is skeptical.
“How bad could it have been if they didn’t take him to the hospital [and] didn’t stitch him up,” he said in a statement to ABC News in response to the image. “The special prosecutor has seen all the evidence and still believes George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin.”
Zimmerman, 28, is being held on charges of second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, 17, which could carry a life sentence if he is convicted.