The 28-year-old participated in the pre-recorded interview in which he contradicted many of the reports in the news circuit, and did his best to show some form of remorse for his actions. "I would tell them that, again, I'm sorry," Zimmerman said when asked if there was anything that he wanted to say to the teen's parents.
The accused killer was interviewed with his attorney, Mike O'Mara, at his side and claimed to pray for the Martin family on a daily basis. "My wife and I don't have any children," he added. "I have nephews that I love more than life. I love them more than myself, and I know when they were born, it was a different unique bond. And, I love my children even though that they aren't born yet. I am sorry that they buried their child. I can't imagine what it must feel like."
Zimmerman went on to state that he wished he was not "put in a position" where he had to shoot Martin, while maintaining that he was in fear for his life, and therefore did nothing wrong. "I am confident in the system," he said of potentially spending the rest of his life behind bars. "I really have no choice but to believe in the system."
On the night of Feb. 26, Martin popped up out of nowhere, according to Zimmerman. His recount is a stark contrast to what the youngster's girlfriend, who was on the phone with him at the time, told police. According to the young woman, Martin was being followed by Zimmerman, who alleges that he stopped pursuing the teenager after he was instructed to do so by the 911 dispatcher her called. He then said that when he turned back around Martin popped up behind him and told him that he was going to "die tonight." From there, the one-time neighborhood watch captain said the 17-year-old proceeded to punch him in the nose, and began "bashing" his head onto the sidewalk.
Even though he fired the gun, Zimmerman asserts that he did not know he shot Martin, during their scuffle.
He also addressed his reported motivation for profiling Martin. As a half-Peruvian and half -White man, Zimmerman noted that he is "not a racist," despite conflicting accounts from a relative, a former co-worker, and language used on an old Myspace page.
Currently free after posting $1 million bail, Zimmerman feels that he is owed an apology from the likes of Spike Lee, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, whom he feels contributed to the public's (alleged) misconception of him.
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