Last night I watched the interview that Sean Hannity conducted with George Zimmerman, who has been charged with second degree murder in the death of 17-year-old black teenager Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. I was impressed with Zimmerman’s demeanor; in my opinion, he conducted himself very well during the interview.
I learned a few new details in the case. For example, Zimmerman said that at first, “I didn’t think I hit him.” He added that he had only later found out that Martin had died. He said that he has not returned to his home since that night. He has been holed up in a hotel in another city because of the death threats against him.
The latest news is that the prosecutor in the case will include this interview in its prosecution of the case. “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” That is the law. So why did Zimmerman go on TV and give what amounted to his testimony — before the trial?
Zimmerman has been demonized by the press so much that, in my opinion, he wants to change the minds of the potential jury pool before the trial. The jury pool has been poisoned by all the negative publicity about Zimmerman. Or it could be that Zimmerman does not want to take the witness stand at the trial, and he anticipated that the prosecution would use this interview in the case. Based on what Zimmerman said in this interview, I believe that he will be acquitted. And then the riot will start.
There have been rumors that Sean Hannity offered to pay Zimmerman’s expenses in the case, but both Zimmerman and Hannity denied this last night.
Among the details revealed by Zimmerman last night was his claim that Trayvon Martin was walking through the gated community where Zimmerman lives, but not on the sidewalk — he was walking between the houses. Zimmerman was returning from a trip to Target to buy food when he observed Martin strolling leisurely through the gated community in the rain. Zimmerman said that Martin was not walking on the concrete path that winds through the houses, but was “walking between the houses.”
Then Zimmerman told about a recent incident when a “home invasion” occurred near his home and Zimmerman’s wife saw the home invader running through their back yard. Throughout the interview, Zimmerman mentioned his wife many times. It was clear that Zimmerman was thinking about the safety of his wife, as he watched a young man, wearing a black hoodie, walking between the houses in the rain.
Zimmerman says that he got out of his car, not to follow Martin, but to walk around to the front of the houses so that he could get an address to give to the police. It was at this point that Martin approached Zimmerman and asked “What is your problem?” The altercation began with Martin punching Zimmerman in the nose, then straddling him on the ground as he pounded Zimmerman’s head against the concrete path that was level with the grass.
Zimmerman had already called the police and he knew that the police were on their way, but he had not given the police an exact address. He screamed several times, hoping that the police would arrive in time to save his life. Zimmerman did not speculate that Martin intended to kill him. No, he knew that his life was in danger because Martin told him that he was going to die.
If Zimmerman had not had a gun in a holster that night, it would have been Zimmerman who was killed, and this story would never have made the national news.
At the end of the interview, Zimmerman turned to look directly into the camera as he said:
“I do want to tell everyone, my wife, my family, my parents, my grandmother, the Martins, the city of Sanford and America that I’m sorry that this happened,” he said. “I hate to think that because of this incident, because my actions, it’s polarized and divided American. And I’m truly sorry.”