Accompanied by a police officer and his attorney, Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman acknowledged the second-degree murder charge that had been filed against him. A not guilty plea was entered.
The judge ruled that there was probable cause to proceed and said that the formal arraignment would take place on May 29, at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Zimmerman is being held in protective custody without bail in Seminole County Jail, but asked for the case file to be sealed.
The prosecutors agreed to that request.
O’Mara did not ask the judge to set a bond.
That seems contrary to O’Mara’s stance earlier today when he said he’d like to get his client out of jail to help him build his case.
“I would like to get him out,” O’Mara said in an interview with Soledad O’Brien on CNN. “I need him out to assist me in going over all the evidence and preparing our defense. I’m concerned about his safety to a certain extent, but I’m truly hoping that there will be a receding of the frustrations or anger now that the process is moving forward. … There are certainly still some animosities and some high emotions around the case.”
Earlier today, Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the TODAY show that she believes her son’s shooting was an accident.