Former volunteer Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman sat down Wednesday night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity to give his first televised interview since the February shooting that left 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead.
During the interview, Zimmerman apologized for killing Martin, but initially told Hannity he didn’t regret a thing, not even getting out of his car to pursue the teen. Zimmerman also told Hannity that he felt shooting Martin was “all God’s plan.”
Toward the end of the interview, Zimmerman seemed to walk back his previous comments about not changing a thing. With his lawyer by the side, he told Hannity:
“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. I’m sorry that this happened. I hate to think that because of this incident, because of my actions, that it’s polarized and divided America.”
Trayvon Martin’s parents were deeply upset by Zimmerman’s appearance on Fox News. The family released a statement, read by their lawyer:
“Zimmerman said that he does not regret getting out of his vehicle, he does not regret following Trayvon, in fact he does not regret anything that he did that night. He wouldn’t do anything different and he concluded it was God’s plan.”
“We must worship a different God,” Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father, added, “because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son.”
Zimmerman was recently released on $1 million bond while he awaits trial on second-degree murder charges.