George Zimmerman’s lawyer: Sorry for my client saying sorry for Trayvon Martin’s death
Mark O’Mara says the apology wasn’t necessary for bond hearing
George Zimmerman’s lawyer offered up an apology for his client’s apology at his bond hearing on Friday.
Mark O’Mara told “CBS’ This Morning” on Monday that if he’d known it would upset Trayvon Martin’s family, he would not have allowed his client to offer up the mea culpa for the shooting death of their teenage child.
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman said Friday.
The Martins’ attorney, Benjamin Crump, accused Zimmerman at a press conferene after the hearing of trying to pander to the court with the apology, which he described as “insincere.”
“The apology was somewhat of a surprise because we had told them this was not the appropriate time, but they just disregarded that,” he said.
O’Mara admitted on Monday it was not a good idea, and said on “This Morning” that if he’d known the Martins’ attorney would react in that manner with a press conference, he wouldn’t have allowed Zimmerman to do it.
“I’m not sure that we would have done it at the bond hearing,” he said. “So, I apologize for that.”
Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail late Sunday night on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a paper bag as he walked out of the Seminole County jail around midnight Sunday. He was following another man and didn’t look over at photographers gathered outside. The two then got into a white BMW car and drove away.
Zimmerman gave no statement as he left the suburban Orlando jail.
His ultimate destination is being kept secret for his safety and it could be outside Florida.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said at a hearing Friday that Zimmerman cannot have any guns and must observe a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman also surrendered his passport.
Zimmerman had to put up 10 percent, or $15,000, to make bail. His father had indicated he might take out a second mortgage.