Man Charged In Trayvon Martin Shooting Apologizes
(Orlando, FL) – George Zimmerman tells a national TV audience he’s sorry he shot an unarmed Florida teenager. In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last night, George Zimmerman apologized to Trayvon Martin’s parents. Zimmerman remembered Martin displaying confrontational body language prior to scuffling with him last February. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder.
The 28-year-old son of a white father and Peruvian mother of Hispanic descent, Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. He says he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him. He is currently out on bail.
Zimmerman explained in an exclusive interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that he was headed to Target that Sunday night for his weekly grocery shopping.
“That’s the last time I’ve been home,” he said.
Zimmerman said that he was motivated to become involved in the safety of his community after a robbery in his community. Burglars broke into the home of a young woman with a 9-month-old baby — the woman then barricaded herself in an upstairs bedroom, Zimmerman said. His wife saw the robbers run through their backyard.
“Even though my wife wasn’t certain what happened, that was enough to scare her and shake her up,” he said. “I promised her I would do what I could to keep her safe.”
“I am not a racist, and I am not a murderer,” he said during his hour long interview in Sanford, Fla., with Sean Hannity on Fox News. Mr. Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, sat by his side.
Mr. Zimmerman reiterated that he shot Mr. Martin on Feb. 26 in self-defense after the teenager knocked him down, punched him, slammed his head into the pavement repeatedly and tried to suffocate him. Mr. Martin’s death caused a furor across the country when Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested immediately after the shooting. The killing focused attention on Florida’s self-defense laws and on what role racial profiling may have played in the case.