George Zimmerman wants to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s family according to his attorney, Mark O’Mara.

Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder in the sleighing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

O’Mara told ABC News, “Understand that George fully well realizes that he was involved in some way in the death of another young man. 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.”

Zimmerman spent his first night in prison in protective custody where he could be watched at all times, and according to law enforcement officials he has “wept quite a bit” at night.

Zimmerman asked his attorney if he may apologize to Martin’s family, O’Mara responded saying, “What I want to happen is for that conversation to occur directly to the family rather than in the media through me.”

Zimmerman appeared inside a Seminole County courtroom today for his first hearing/arraignment. But the judge moved the date for the formal arraignment to May 29.

Zimmerman will remain a resident of Seminole County’s John E. Polk Correctional Facility, otherwise known as the Seminole County jail.

O’Mara told reporters outside court when the hearing was completed that they decided not to ask for bail and suggested it was at least partly out of concern for Zimmerman’s safety.