Zimmerman: After I Shot at Trayvon, I Worried I Missed

And other revelations, from pair of new interviews...

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 17, 2014 7:37 AM CST | Updated Feb 17, 2014 7:52 AM CST

(Newser) – Feb. 26 will mark the two-year anniversary of the night George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, and Zimmerman is apparently commemorating the occasion with a fresh round of TV interviews—in which he opines on the "worst part" of the whole situation. "The worst part is that this could go on for my whole life," he said in a Univision interview that aired last night. "But I'm hopeful that it will start to decrease." Well, perhaps after this morning's interview on CNN's "New Day" stops generating headlines. Standout statements from the interviews, via the Orlando Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, and CNN:

  • After he fired at Trayvon Martin, he worried he missed: "I was afraid it had gone through his clothes and that it was going to go ... get lost, and, um, you know, go into a house and—because the young man was still talking to me, as I have said. So I thought that it hadn't … affected him, and I got worried, and I said, 'I hope that it hasn't—that the bullet hasn't hit a neighbor.'"
  • He can't answer whether he regrets killing Trayvon: ...because of the DOJ's civil rights lawsuit. But he can share one regret. "My life would be tremendously easier if I had stayed home" that night.
  • Why his life is no longer "normal": He wears a bulletproof vest whenever he leaves his home—but he has no permanent abode. "I'm totally homeless." He hasn't had to collect welfare, and is willing to work as a cook if he has to, but he hasn't gotten to that point yet; he's being supported by his family.
  • But he doesn't want to be a cook: "I'd like to professionally ... continue my education and hopefully become an attorney. I think that's the best way to stop the miscarriage of justice that happened to me from happening to somebody else."
  • He has no intention of leaving Florida: "I'll never leave this country and I'll leave my home when I want to leave my home. I'll move when I want to."
  • How has life changed? "I suffer from PTSD." Also, he has to watch his steps. He says anyone he interacts with—say, his doctor—ends up getting death threats.

George Zimmerman.
George Zimmerman.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)
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