In a televised interview, unusual for a murder defendant, Florida’s George Zimmerman described to Fox News’ Sean Hannity how the incident that ended up in the kiilling of Trayvon Martin in February unfolded. The trouble started when Martin “asked me what my problem was,” said Zimmerman, as recounted by CBS News. “I immediately went to grab my phone to call 911 instead of the non-emergency and when I reached into my pants pocket it wasn’t there and I was shocked,” Zimmerman said. “I looked up and he punched me and broke my nose.” Zimmerman said he ended up on the ground and that Martin punched him more than a dozen times.
“I’m not a racist and I’m not a murderer,” he said. Zimmerman said he prayed daily for the Martin family and was sorry for the death of their son. When first asked, he said he didn’t regret either carrying a gun that night or getting out of the car, which the 911 dispatcher advised him not to do. He said that looking back, he wouldn’t have done anything differently. “It was all God’s plan,” Zimmerman said. Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, told CBS News: “We must worship a different God because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son.”