In an interview with Fox News televised last week, George Zimmerman said he felt the course of the night that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed “was all God’s plan.”
Zimmerman’s comments reflect a callous disregard for human life.
Martin’s parents immediately rejected Zimmerman’s absurd and offensive claim that the death was part of God’s plan.
“We must worship a different God,” Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, told The Associated Press. “There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son.”
Months after killing the unarmed teenager, Zimmerman accepts no personal responsibility for what he did.
The shooting in February led to weeks of nationwide protests over race and self-defense laws as police didn’t arrest Zimmerman for more than a month. Zimmerman now faces a charge of second-degree murder. Zimmerman claimed self-defense under Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law.
The Fox interview last week was Zimmerman’s first lengthy television interview. Most defense lawyers would advise clients facing murder charges not to give televised interviews that could be used as evidence against them in a trial. While it is not clear why Zimmerman gave the televised interview some legal observers suspect that Zimmerman did the interview in an attempt to try to influence potential jurors.
The interview that Zimmerman gave to FOX News was revealing. He blankly told interviewer Sean Hannity that he wouldn’t do anything differently the night of Martin’s death.
Martin said he was merely trying to keep an eye on Martin to tell police. However 911 tapes show that Zimmerman told a police dispatcher he was following Martin.
Whether Zimmerman was the aggressor is critical to his self-defense claim.
In the Fox News interview, Zimmerman contradicted himself and continued to show no moral accountability for what he did.