On the eve of George Zimmerman's bond hearing in the case of his second-degree murder charge for the killing of Trayvon Martin, the attorney for the parents of the slain black teen says he doesn't think the judge in the case should grant bail.
"Some crimes on their face are not bondable offenses. Second-degree murder is one of them," Benjamin Crump said on Thursday afternoon at a press conference held after a panel discussion at the Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa.
"We didn't just demand an arrest to have George Zimmerman give the police his fingerprints and his mugshot," Crump added. "We fully expected the arrest would precipitate George Zimmerman being brought to justice...we stand on legal public safety and moral grounds to solidify our position that Zimmerman should be held without bond until these matters are concluded."
Zimmerman was arrested last week after weeks of protests that he should be detained in the killing of Trayvon Martin, in which he has claimed self-defense.
Addressing a report that Zimmerman would like to meet with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon's parents (who were present but did not speak at Thursday's event), Crump said essentially nothing doing.
"There might be a time and a place for that - but not right now," Crump said, calling such a request before his bond hearing "self-serving," when it's been over 50 days since he shot and killed Martin during their confrontation on February 26.