George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, was granted bond Friday during a court hearing in which he apologized to the teen's parents in open court.
Judge Kenneth Lester set the bond amount at $150,000 after the state requested an amount of $1 million if no bond would not be considered. Lester said Zimmeman will not be released from jail on Friday.
As part of the ruling, Lester said Zimmerman cannot have any firearms, drink alcohol or use drugs and must observe a daily curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. He must also meet with a monitoring supervisor at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office every three days.
Zimmerman's attorney, former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, had requested a bond of $15,000 and the right for his client to leave the state and his location kept private. Lester said he will later make a decision about Zimmerman being allowed to leave Florida.
Moments before the judge's ruling, Zimmerman said he wanted to make a short statement and apologized to Martin's parents.
"I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I, and I didn't know if he was armed or not," Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman, 28, has been jailed since April 11 on second-degree murder charges in the 17-year-old's death, which took place Feb. 26 in Sanford.
Zimmerman attended the hearing wearing a gray suit and silver tie, with his hands restrained to a chain around his waist.
Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, also attended the hearing, as did the special prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey.
O'Mara, started the hearing by surrendering his client's passport, which expires in May 2012, to the judge.
Zimmerman's family, including his wife of five years, Shellie Zimmerman, were then allowed to testify via phone.
Shellie Zimmerman, a nursing student set to graduate in four weeks, stated that she was born in Central Florida and has lived there her whole life. Her husband has lived in the area for eight years, she said.
Shellie Zimmerman was asked about securing money to post bond for her husband.
"We have discussed that (money for bond). (We're) trying to pull together the members of the family to scrape up anything that we possibly can," she said.
She was also asked about safety concerns should her husband be released on bond.
"Yes, I believe that needs to happen," said Shellie Zimmerman, after being asked about keeping his location secret.
"Do you believe George is a danger to the community," O'Mara asked her.
"No, I do not," she said. "There's no concern whatsoever."
State prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda then questioned Shellie Zimmerman about her husband's prior arrest in which he was accused of striking a law enforcement officer in 2005.
"Yes, he has informed me of those charges," she said, adding later, "He told me it was a friend of his that was being shoved up against the wall by a man in regular street clothes. He felt his friend was in danger he was just trying to protect his friend."
The charges were dropped after Zimmerman completed a pretrial diversion program.
De la Rionda then asked Zimmerman's wife about a domestic dispute her husband had with another woman.
"Absolutely, he's not a violent person, nor is he a threat to the community," Shellie Zimmerman said.
The state then focused on the Zimmermans' finances, asking questions about their employment and a website created by her husband that's soliciting funds.
"When we were not working, we were collecting unemployment benefits," Shellie Zimmerman said. She said they are not currently collecting unemployment benefits.