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Zimmerman: 'I'm sorry'

TRIAL: George Zimmerman

THE MAN who shot dead black teenager, Trayvon Martin, apologised to his family in court today.

George Zimmerman, 28, was heard saying 'I’m sorry' to the 17-year-old's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, when taking to the stand during his trial at a Florida court.

A softly spoken Zimmerman was heard saying: “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, a self-styled neighbourhood watchman, shot Trayvon as he made his way home from a nearby shop in Sanford, Florida on February 26. He was arrested on April 11 following a number of protests.

Zimmerman claimed the teen was acting 'suspicious' and he shot him in self-defense after an confrontation in the gated community.

His bail has been granted bail, set at $150,000 (£93,000).

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