George Zimmerman sat down Wednesday night on Fox News’ The Sean Hannity Show, speaking to the press for the first time since the night when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Watch clips from the interview here.)
Zimmerman seemed at ease discussing many facts that have been made public since the Feb. 26 incident that resulted in charges of second-degree murder.
Hannity asked Zimmerman if he had any regrets — if, for example, he wished he hadn’t gotten out of the car (something the police have said would have prevented the conflict altogether), or hadn’t carried his gun that night, or if he would have done anything differently. Zimmerman answered, “No sir.”
He continued, saying, “I feel that it was all God’s plan and for me to second guess it or judge it…” he trailed off and shook his head.
After a commercial break, Zimmerman asked if he could “readdress” the question:
“When you asked that, I thought you were referring to if I would not have talked to the police, if I would have maybe have gotten an attorney, if I wouldn’t have taken the CVSA [a type of lie detector test] and that I stand by, I would not have done anything differently… But, I do wish that there was something, anything I could have done that would have put me in the position that I wouldn’t have to take his life.”
Zimmerman also apologized to Trayvon Martin’s parents and to America for polarizing and dividing the nation.
Nonetheless, it was the ‘God’s plan’ soundbite that stuck out. Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, have since spoken with Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC about their reaction to the interview.
Both parties’ lawyers also spoke in the interviews. Fulton and Martin’s lawyer said that the interview would be a “gift” for the state attorney, claiming that during the trial Zimmerman’s inconsistencies will come out during the trial.