George Zimmerman's Shocking Apology Could Ruin His Defense (VIDEO)

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This morning George Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond. I'm not surprised. How much of a flight risk could he possibly be at this point? Everyone in America knows what he looks like. His passport has been confiscated. And he actually seemed calm and confident in his testimony this morning. Has his lawyer given him the sense that his case is strong? We'll see.

Zimmerman also apologized to Trayvon Martin's parents for the first time. It was an odd apology. It wasn't exactly heartfelt. And it revealed a key detail that could hurt his defense.

I thought Zimmerman's apology was hollow, like it had been written by his lawyer. "I'm sorry for the loss of your son," not "I'm sorry I killed your son" or "I'm sorry I shot your son." Is it an apology if you fail to acknowledge any responsibility for your action? It's like Trayvon Martin died of an illness or something. I don't know who that apology really was for, but Martin's parents couldn't possibly have been satisfied by it. I vote non-apology on this one.

But the one part that didn't sound like it was written by Zimmerman's lawyer was this telling detail: He said he "didn't know if [Martin] was armed or not." That was probably not the smartest thing for him to say. It kind of weakens his case for him to reveal that he thought Martin might be unarmed. Better not to bring that up at all!

No wonder he was asked to clarify whether his remarks should be regarded as actual court testimony or just an apology directly to Trayvon's parents. That distinction would matter. We'll see if the prosecution brings up the question of whether or not Zimmerman thought Martin was armed in the trial.

What did you think of Zimmerman's apology to Trayvon Martin's parents?


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Mary Renner

Wow. I agree (with the laywer who told him he had 50-something days to apologize). Plus, he had plenty of media resources, including his own website, to apologize! Give me a break, George Zimmerman.

BusyM... BusyMom7789

Putting emotions aside, when you are get arrested and about to stand trial, you should really keep your mouth shut.  Your words not matter how you meant it to be could always be turned around and hurt you in the end.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Um hello, the guy has been charged with 2nd degree murder. As he is pleading not guilty, did anyone really expect him to say "I'm sorry I killed Trayvon"??? Gimme a break already

momav... momavanessa

It would be better to just keep his mouth shut! That was no apology.

jkm89 jkm89

Well, he did kill Trayvon, there is no debate there. So apologizing specifically for killing Trayvon wouldn't change anything. "I'm sorry for killing your son" sounds tacky, though.

As for not knowing wether Trayvon was armed or not, maybe he should have left that tidbit out. He shouldn't say anything more than he has to if he wants to win this case.

nonmember avatar Anon

This is really telling in my opinion. The only time I've ever heard an apology from an accused killer is after he's convicted - at sentencing, parole hearing, or when he's about to be fried. This cannot help his legal case, but to me it demonstrates heartfelt regret. I am sure that once the dust settled, he had a lot of regret even though he may not consider himself legally guilty. He never set out to kill someone's minor son. I think this was an important thing for him to do from a moral perspective, and I hope Trayvon's parents are comforted by it instead of being cynical like you folks. I would want to know that my son's killer was remorseful, the sooner the better.

MeAnd... MeAndTommyLee

Wow.  What a piece of work.  The ONLY thing  he's sorry for is that he's facing a trial and a whole lot of people in this country are pissed.   Where was he in first grade when he was being taught to follow instructions?  Guess he never learned.  If he would have FOLLOWED the 911 dispatchers instructions, and Martin would be alive today.

nonmember avatar Laura S.

Saying that he didn't know whether Martin was armed appears to be an honest answer. I believe his defense will be not that Martin was armed but that Martin was beating his head against the concrete. It amazes me how many people on this site think Zimmerman should have let Martin bash his skull into the concrete. Would you let someone beat your head against the pavement or would you shoot the person?

William Wiley

"Would you let someone beat your head against the pavement or would you shoot the person?"

Perhaps George could have fought back rather than reaching for his gun.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Perhaps you should answer that question after it has happened to you.

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