The lawyer for George Zimmerman, charged with murder in the death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, said that the teenager's death "weighs on" Zimmerman and suggested his client might apologize to Martin's family.
"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.
He is recorded telling a 911 dispatcher "these a..holes always get away" and "these f...ing punks," according to the affidavit.
The document states that Zimmerman disregarded the dispatcher's instructions to stop following Martin and "confronted" the teenager."
"Witnesses heard numerous calls for help and some of these were recorded in 911 calls to police. Trayvon Martin's mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon Martin's voice," the affidavit states.
Zimmerman's family, however, has claimed that the voice on the tapes sounds like Zimmerman, not Martin. Zimmerman claims that he shot Martin in self defense after the teen knocked him down and went for Zimmerman's weapon.
The suspect had a rough first night in jail, spending part of the night weeping in his cell, sources told ABC News.
Zimmerman is being held in protective custody away from the other inmates in the Sanford, Fla., city jail.
The Seminole County Sheriff's office said Zimmerman underwent a series of physical and mental health tests after arriving at the jail Wednesday night. He was then sent to protective custody where he was isolated from other inmates and under constant watch, ABC News has learned.
Jail records show that he has several tattoos including theatrical masks on his left arm and a couple of crosses.
The records also show that he bought $79.84 worth of items from the jail commissary including soaps, underwear, snacks and a couple of crossword puzzle books.
There was no sign of scarring on the back of his head and the booking photo shows no indication that his nose had been broken in his confrontation with Martin, as Zimmerman's former legal team had claimed.
O'Mara said outside of court when the hearing was completed that they had decided not to ask for bail and suggested it was at least partly out of concern for Zimmerman's safety.
"I hope to have him released on bond and by that time have a safe place for him," O'Mara said.
The charge of second degree murder rather than a lesser charge of manslaughter surprised many observers of the case.
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