George Zimmerman seems to be in a chatty mood these days. The 30-year-old admitted killer recently sat down with both CNN and the Spanish-language network Univision to discuss the events that led up to the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and his life since he was acquitted of murder.
In the interview with Univision, Zimmerman claims he is homeless, owes more than $2.5 million to his lawyers Mark O’Mara and Don West, and suffers from PTSD as a result of the February 2012 incident.
During the sit down, Zimmerman did not express regret for killing Martin, but instead stuck to his story that he was in fear for his life.
“In my mind and between God and me, I know that if I didn’t act, act the way I did, I wouldn’t be here,” he said.
The L.A. Times provides a summary of the English-language translation of the interview:
Other notable moments in Zimmerman’s interview, seven months after the trial:
- He says he never realized that Martin was unarmed, but that Martin was clearly trying to grab the gun from him.
- He initially thought that his bullet had missed Martin and potentially struck a neighbor’s house.
- He expresses no regrets about the shooting.
- He has a debt of $2.5 million owed to his lawyers, Mark O’Mara and Don West. He has raised more than $300,000 from online donors and said he hopes to collect additional funds through a lawsuit he’s filed against NBC News over an edited 911 call, which he alleges made him look racist because a question and answer were mixed.
- He says he hasn’t collected welfare and will work as a cook if he has to. He’s living off his family for now.
- He blames sensationalized media coverage for making him notorious, saying people recognize him everywhere because “of what the press did with the incident in 2012, in February.
While Zimmerman attempts to blame the media for his continued time in the spotlight, his actions as of late tell a different story. Seven months after the trial, Zimmerman has started granting interviews to major news outlets, and just last week he agreed to participate in a “celebrity” boxing match.
If Zimmerman wants to live a quiet life he should stop appearing on TV, stop giving interviews, stop getting arrested and keep to himself, because even if he’s trapped inside his home for the rest of his life he’s still alive.
And that’s more than we can say for Trayvon Martin.