Prior to the bail hearing, Martin's parents had already rejected Zimmerman's offer to apologize. The timing of the offer -- almost two months after Martin's death -- clearly indicates that Zimmerman's efforts were self-serving and insincere. When asked to explain the timing of the apology, O'Mara comes across as disingenuous as well:
My concern is, I didn't realize that the way [Martin's family] had responded to me was through a press conference where they said it was too late or not an appropriate time. . . .
To be honest, had I known that - maybe had I seen the press conference - I'm not sure that we would have done it at the bond hearing, because the purpose of it truly was to get to the family and to respond directly to the family's request. Had I known or been told that that wasn't the time, it wouldn't have happened. So, I apologize for that.
But certainly it wasn't necessary to get a bond. It is not usual that you have somebody get up at all in a bond hearing. We wouldn't have done it in this case.Sometimes it is difficult to tell a blatant lie. The rambling speech proves it.
I agree that the apology was not necessary for the bond. Instead it was aimed at the public. Contrary to O'Mara's contention, however, it is odd for a defendant to testify regarding a case at a bond hearing. The hearing is designed to assess the defendant's flight risk or danger to the public, not for him to make a plea to a victim or the media. The entire moment was unusual -- and self-serving and staged for the public.