Monday, November 20, 2017

Zimmerman says he prays for Martin's parents

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Asked Wednesday night if he'd do anything differently the night he came face-to-face with Trayvon Martin and fatally shot the 17-year-old, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman told a national television audience, no.

"I feel like it was all God's plans," he told Sean Hannity on Fox News in his first television interview since the shooting.

Zimmerman apologized again to Trayvon's parents, calling the shooting a tragedy.

"I would tell them that again I'm sorry. I don't have, my wife and I don't have any children. … I am sorry that they buried their child. I can't imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily," he said.

Zimmerman, 28, killed the unarmed black 17-year-old on a sidewalk not far from where Trayvon was staying Feb. 26.

Zimmerman was emotionless during the interview's first few segments.

"I am not a racist. I am not a murderer," he said.

In jail, he said, he'd had time to reflect on the shooting.

"I just think it's a tragic situation. I hope it's the most difficult thing I'll ever go through in my life," he said.

Zimmerman said he always carried a 9mm handgun, for which he has a concealed weapons permit, except for going to work.

Although the shooting has prompted a great deal of public debate about Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows someone with a reasonable fear of death or great bodily injury to use deadly force, Zimmerman said he had never heard of the law before the shooting.

Zimmerman is free on $1 million bail, living at a hidden location in Seminole County as he awaits trial. His attorney, Mark O'Mara, has said it may be a year away.

O'Mara sat next to Zimmerman during the Hannity session.

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