At today’s bond hearing, Zimmerman addressed the parents of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager he shot and killed on February 26 in Sanford, Florida, setting off a media firestorm.
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman said. He added that, at the time of the shooting, he didn’t know how old Martin was or whether or not he was armed.
He also stated that he’d asked police and his attorneys to tell Martin’s family that he was sorry.
Speaking publicly for the first time since her husband shot Martin, Zimmerman’s wife of five years said today that her husband isn’t a violent person and he poses no threat to the community.
“Absolutely he is not a violent person, nor a threat to the community,” Shellie Nicole Zimmerman testified.
Shellie Zimmerman spoke to the court, which was presided over by Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, via a telephone connection because she is concerned for her safety, adding that she has received hate mail and death threats.
She did not, however, report the hate mail or the threats to the authorities, she admitted under cross-examination.
Zimmerman’s family also testified today that the image the public has of George is all wrong, saying earlier incidents of violence cited by prosecutors were misunderstandings or efforts to protect himself.
“I’ve never known him to be violent at all unless he was provoked, and then he would turn the other cheek,” Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman Sr. said.
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