Zimmerman In Court

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 4:18pm

George Zimmerman makes first court appearance on 2nd Degree Murder charge.

George Zimmerman, the community watch volunteer charged in the controversial shooting death of Trayvon Martin, made his first court appearance Thursday.

Zimmerman spent less than three minutes in the courtroom, dressed in a gray inmate jump suit and flanked by a sheriff's deputy and his attorney.

He showed no emotion and spoke only twice, responding to the judge as he discussed he second degree murder charge and his rights in the case.

It was a strictly procedural hearing.

The judge set a formal arraignment for May 29th and agreed to a request from the defense, supported by prosecutors, to seal court records in the case.

There was no request for bail and at this point it appears Zimmerman will remain behind bars through at least through the weekend, and likely longer, in an isolated cell under protective custody.

After pushing for more than a month for Zimmerman's arrest, an effort that sparked a national firestorm, Trayvon Martin's parents say they're relieved the controversy will now play out in a courtroom and not the rallies and protests that have defined this case.

"We just want him to be held accountable for what he's done, and by him not being arrested that would not have been done," said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother.

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