Zimmerman Case: Martin Family Refuses Shooter’s Apologies in Hannity Interview,
Jul 19, 2012 12:06 PM EDT
The parents of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old boy shot by George Zimmerman, told Fox News Thursday morning, a day after Zimmerman apologized to the family in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, said that they do not accept his apology, which sounded pretentious and insincere.
In his first interview since being charged with second degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman along with his attorney Mark O'mara by his side provided his version of the fatal event resulting in Trayvon's death in the interview which aired Wednesday Night on Fox News.
Zimmerman said that although he did not regret his action and would not have acted any differently in retrospect, he is "sorry that they (Martin's parents) had to bury their child. I can't imagine what it must feel like. I pray for them daily," he said to Hannity.
When Hannity asked the 28-year-old if he regretted that he was carrying his gun at the time, he shook head and said "I feel that it was all God's plan, and for me to second guess it or judge it."
The comments, which unintentionally or intentionally suggested that entire event was "God's plan," obviously upset the Martin family. Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father told Fox, "I don't understand what he was thinking by saying it was God's plan that he murdered our child," Tracy Martin, the teen's father said. "I really don't understand what God he worships because it's not the same God that I worship," as reported by foxnews.com
Sabrina Fulton, Martin's mother said, "Why would God have him kill an unarmed teenager?" she asked. "It makes no sense," according to foxnews.com
Zimmerman has been accused of wrongly suspecting Trayvon of suspicious behavior mainly because of his race. However, in the interview Zimmerman says that it was Trayvon's body language that really raised red flags. The Martin family still believes that his racial biases played a huge role in the way Zimmerman reacted to the situation. But an FBI investigation relieves Zimmerman of these accusations, according to FBI report there was no evidence suggesting he had any racist inclinations.
Zimmerman has always maintained that the shooting occurred as an act of self-defense. Zimmerman was on duty as volunteer watchman when he shot the 17-year-old. Trayvon was unarmed. He is being charged with the second degree murder in February of this year.
Zimmerman has been released from jail, after judge Lester set his bail for $1 million, after previously revoking a $150,000 bond, for misleading the court about his finances.
Although he enjoys being outside bars, his freedom is limited as he lives under strict conditions including a round the clock GPS monitoring system.
Watch the Martins react to Zimmerman's apology here.