"Understand that George fully well realizes that he was involved in some way in the death of another young man," lawyer Mark O'Mara told ABC News.
"He does not take the result of that altercation lightly at all. That weighed on him, I would imagine, more than the isolation, more than the last six weeks, more probably than the threat of what is to come in the system," O'Mara said.
Zimmerman spent his first night in prison in protective custody, where he could be watched at all times. Law enforcement sources told ABC News, the 28 year old "wept quite a bit" at night.
O'Mara suggested that Zimmerman may apologize to Martin's family.
"What I want to happen is for that conversation to occur directly to the family rather than ...in the media through me,"
O'Mara said. When asked if he thought Zimmerman would go through with an apology, O'Mara replied, "Yeah, I imagine it would." He did not know when that might happen.If I were representing the Martin family, or if I were the prosecutor, I would enforce a no-contact rule. From a legal perspective, this is not the time for an apology -- unless, of course, you are representing Zimmerman.
ABC News also reports that Martin's family is at satisfied that Zimmerman has been arrested. They seem to understand the difficulty of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Their perspective, as described by ABC, appears cautious and wise.