George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has given his first interview on Fox News.
The shooting took place on Feb. 26, and since then Zimmerman has faced a lot of hatred of the people. The Fox News interview was the first time since the shooting that Zimmerman had a chance to tell his side of the story to people about what happened the night he shot Martin.
According to details, the interview took place on Wednesday morning and it was telecast on Wednesday evening on Fox News. The interviewer was Fox News host Sean Hannity. He asked several questions from Zimmerman and also allowed him to narrate his side of the story.
Zimmerman explained in the interview that he was just trying to protect his community after a robbery took place there just a few weeks back. He said that the robbery greatly scared his wife and that was the time when he decided to be proactive about protecting his neighborhood. Zimmerman explained that this was the reason he was carrying a gun. He said that when he saw Martin, he seemed a little suspicious to him. According to Zimmerman, Martin was cutting through homes and walking very casually despite the rainy weather. Zimmerman said that was the time he started following Martin, and then just out of nowhere, Martin appeared and started hitting and abusing him.
Zimmerman further said that Martin beat him so bad that he could not even get up to defend himself. He then told that somehow Martin saw his gun and tried to reach for it, and that was when Zimmerman shot Martin. He said that he did not regret having the gun with him at that time and reiterated that he killed Martin in self-defense.
When Hannity asked whether Zimmerman had any regrets, he said that he didn't and felt as if it was "God's plan" to have it that way.
Having provided his account, Zimmerman also apologized to Martin's family and said, according to a report on msnbc.com, "I am sorry that they [Martin's parent] buried their child. I can’t imagine what it must feel like. And I pray for them daily.”
The interview is an attempt to humanize Zimmerman and somehow bring some sympathy to potential jurors and people at large.