George Zimmerman contradicts himself in apology

Zimmerman says he thought Trayvon Martin was 'a bit younger' than him


SANFORD, Fla. – After more than two hours of legal wrangling, a judge ruled on Friday that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, was allowed to leave jail on $150,000 bond.

But one of the most surprising events of the day was Zimmerman, 28, taking the stand and apologizing to Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. 

"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 am and I did not know if he was armed or not," Zimmerman said in court on Friday.

The apology, however, contradicts Zimmerman's statement to police on the night of the February shooting.  When a dispatcher asked Zimmerman how old Martin was, Zimmerman had a different response.

"How old would you say he looked?" the dispatcher asked Zimmerman.
"He's got a button on his shirt -- late teens," Zimmerman said.

"Late teens, OK," the dispatcher responded.

Zimmerman also answered a few questions asked by a prosecutor, specifically why he waited until almost two months after the shooting to apologize. 

Zimmerman said he was told not to talk to the Martin family and that he had already apologized in one of his statements to police.

Attorneys for Martin's parents said the family was upset by the apology, calling it '"disingenuous."

It's not clear when Zimmerman will be released from jail, but his attorney, former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, said it probably wouldn't be for a couple of days.

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