George Zimmerman to apologize to Trayvon Martin's family
The lawyer for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was charged with second degree murder in the death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, said that the 17-year-old's death "weighs on" Zimmerman and suggested his client might apologize to Martin's family.
AP photo The lawyer for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was charged with second degree murder in the death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, said that the 17-year-old's death "weighs on" Zimmerman and suggested his client might apologize to Martin's family."Understand that George fully well realizes that he was involved in some way in the death of another young man," lawyer Mark O'Mara told ABC News."He does not take the result of that altercation lightly at all. That weighed on him, I would imagine, more than the isolation, more than the last six weeks, more probably than the threat of what is to come in the system," O'Mara said.Zimmerman spent his first night in prison Thursday in protective custody, where he could be watched at all times. Law enforcement sources told ABC News, the 28-year-old "wept quite a bit" at night. O'Mara suggested that Zimmerman may apologize to Martin's family, says KBOI. Attorney Mark O'Mara, who represents Zimmerman, told CNN's Piers Morgan late Thursday that one of his immediate goals is to "bring down the level of anger, animosity, just frustrations, emotions" that are on the periphery of the case.O'Mara said there are two sides of the case, a legal one and a human one."We have the human tragedy side of it. We are going to try to bridge that if we can," O'Mara said. "There are words that need to be said."Special prosecutor Angela Corey, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to investigate the case, said she will ensure that the judge or jury deciding the case will get only "the relevant, admissible evidence on which they can then base their decisions.""Let me emphasize that we do not prosecute by pressure or petition," she said.Both the defense and prosecution said they had no intention of trying the case in the court of public opinion, though both conceded there is extreme interest, informs CNN.Zimmerman and his family have maintained that he was trailing Martin because the young man appeared suspicious.
Martin then disappeared from view, only to re-emerge, confront him and assault him, they say. In the fight, they contend, he shot Martin in self-defense. Florida's expansive self-defense law, Stand Your Ground, was cited initially as a reason why no charges were brought.O'Mara said self-defense cases were not new to him; he said that he had handled dozens, but that none had gone to trial as Stand Your Ground cases. He has also tried high-profile death-penalty cases.He said that self-defense would probably be a "facet" of Zimmerman's defense, according to The MIT Tech..