George Zimmerman in First TV Interview: "I'm Not a Racist and I'm Not a Murderer"

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George Zimmerman, who is on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, spoke in a nationally televised interview for the first time last night. The interview, with Sean Hannity for Hannity on Fox News, was conducted at an undisclosed location in Seminole County, where Zimmerman must stay under conditions of his release on bail, reports Fox News Latino. Zimmerman was accompanied by his attorney Mark O'Mara.

When asked what he would tell Martin's parents, he said "I'm sorry," and that he would be open and willing to talk to them about what happened the night of the shooting.

"I can't imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily," he said. 

Later, Zimmerman told Hannity that Martin started the attack by punching him and breaking his nose. Then, he said, Martin straddled him and started slamming his head into the concrete sidewalk.

"I was disoriented," Zimmerman said. He told Hannity that Martin stated, "you're going to die tonight," and that the cries for help heard on the 911 calls was Zimmerman. Martin's parents maintain it was their son. 

"I'm not a racist and I'm not a murderer," said Zimmerman.

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