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Friday
Apr202012

George Zimmerman Granted Bail, Bond Set at $150,000

ABC News(SANFORD, Fla.) -- A Florida judge Friday approved bail for George Zimmerman.

Judge Kenneth Lester agreed to allow Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, to post $150,000 bond to get out of jail. The prosecution had argued that Zimmerman should be denied bail or that it should be set at $1 million.

George Zimmerman surprised the court by taking the stand and apologizing to Trayvon Martin's parents, who were sitting in the courtroom during Zimmerman's bond hearing.

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"I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit older than I was," Zimmerman said, addressing Martin's family directly.  Trayvon Martin was 17 years old.  Zimmerman is 28.

Zimmerman took the stand wearing a dark suit with his hands shackled to a belt around his waist.

His surprising testimony came the same day that ABC News exclusively obtained a photograph showing the bloodied back of Zimmerman's head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Martin. The photo could give credence to Zimmerman's claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete-covered ground as Zimmerman fought for his life.

Zimmerman is being held on charges of second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin.  He could receive a life sentence if convicted.

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Sunday
Mar202011

Victim-Turned-Suspect Goes to Court in Murder Case

Comstock/Thinkstock(BETHESDA, Md.) -- It wasn't just that some of Brittany Norwood's story didn't add up. From the moment police entered the crime scene March 12 at the Lululemon store in Bethesda, Md., nothing made sense.

"Almost none of it matched up," former FBI agent Brad Garrett said as he surveyed the scene at Lululemon, where the windows were full of flowers, notes and pictures of Jayna Murray, who police say was murdered in the store.

Norwood, 27, told police that after closing up the store for the night on March 11, she and Murray, a fellow employee, returned to pick up the wallet she had forgotten at work. Two masked men followed them in, bound them, sexually assaulted them and when Murray, 30, resisted, they beat and stabbed her to death, Norwood said.

But police said medical examiners found no evidence of sexual assault on either victim. Only two sets of footprints were found -- Norwood's, and one from a pair of shoes found at the scene, which police theorized Norwood used to plant false footprints.

When Norwood was found by a store employee opening up the next morning, police say the position she was tied in, with her hands bound above her head, was suspicious, suggesting she might have fastened the bonds herself. Murray's car had also been moved, and was spattered with the blood of Norwood, who told police her assailants ordered her to repark the car, which had been outside the store, and return in 10 minutes or be killed.

Workers at the Apple computer store next door told police that on the night of the killing, they heard two women arguing.

Norwood's wounds were superficial, while Murray's were deep and penetrating. The crime scene was sprayed with blood, which Garrett said suggests an act carried out in intense rage.

Police were at first stymied for a motive, but now they say they believe it was a workplace dispute that turned lethal, possibly after Murray accused Norwood of stealing from the store.

Norwood, who is charged with first-degree murder, faces a Monday court appearance.

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