George Zimmerman has no regrets from the night he killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the Florida resident told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday.
"I feel that it was all God's plan," Zimmerman said. "I'm not a racist and I'm not a murderer."
In a televised interview accompanied by his lawyer, Zimmerman recounted the events before and after he shot and killed Martin on Feb. 26. Throughout, Zimmerman remained calm, calling it a "tragic situation" that he hopes is the "most difficult thing I'll ever go through in my life."
Zimmerman maintained he acted in self-defense and was remorseful about the events that conspired, though not necessarily about his own actions.
"I do wish that there was something, anything, I could have done that wouldn't have put me in the situation where I had to take (Martin's) life," he said, looking directly into the camera. He went on to apologize to Martin's parents,
"I am sorry that they buried their child, I can't imagine what it must feel like," he said. "I pray for them daily."
Zimmerman told Hannity that Martin had confronted him after he had spoken with a police dispatcher, punched him in the nose, and beat his head against the concrete. In the ensuing tussle, he claims Martin reached for Zimmerman's holstered gun, causing Zimmerman to grab the gun himself and shoot Martin because he "didn't have any more time," he told Hannity.
Police released Martin that night, citing lack of probable cause because of his self-defense claim.
Nearly two months later, after the case made national news, Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. His bond was initially set at $150,000, but after a judge learned of more than $200,000 raised through a support website, his bond is revoked on June 1.
Zimmerman is currently free on $1 million bail, which was set July 5. His trial could be more than a year away, according to his lawyer Mark O'Mara.
Seth Cline is a reporter with U.S. News and World Report. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter.
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