Zimmerman says sorry for Trayvon Martin's death

CURT ANDERSON and MIKE SCHNEIDER
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Tracy Martin, back left, Sybrina Fulton, center, parents of Trayvon Martin, and attorney Benjamin Crump, arrive at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center for a bond hearing for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Attorney for Zimmerman, Mark O'Mara is asking the Seminole County judge to let Zimmerman post bail at the hearing Friday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Tracy Martin, back left, Sybrina Fulton, center, parents of Trayvon Martin, and attorney Benjamin Crump, arrive at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center for a bond hearing for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Attorney for Zimmerman, Mark O'Mara is asking the Seminole County judge to let Zimmerman post bail at the hearing Friday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has taken the witness stand during his bail hearing and apologized to the parents of Trayvon Martin for shooting their son.

Zimmerman made the brief statement during Friday's hearing over whether he should be released on bail while he awaits trial on second-degree murder charges.

Zimmerman told Martin's parents that he was "sorry for the loss of your son." He said he didn't know that Martin was 17 and that he was unarmed during their altercation in a central Florida neighborhood.

The 28-year-old Zimmerman shot Martin the night of Feb. 26. He says Martin attacked him.