Following yesterday’s arrest of George Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Trayvon’s parents appeared on the Today Show to discuss their feelings on the long-awaited arrest.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, says she thinks that her son’s death was an accident. “I believe that it just got out of control and [Zimmerman] couldn’t turn the clock back,” she told host Ann Curry. She also said that she hopes for an apology from Zimmerman.
“One of the things that I still believe in: A person should apologize when they really — when they are actually remorseful for what they’ve done,” Fulton said.
Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, told Today that he hopes Zimmerman is convicted in his son’s death. “I feel as though he needs to be locked up, and just prepare himself to be held accountable for what he did,” Martin said.
Despite the lengths the Martin family had to go to in order for yesterday’s arrest to be made, Fulton says she still has faith in the justice system even if that means Zimmerman may walk. During the interview, she expressed relief that she would finally hear Zimmerman’s side of the story and hope that he would provide answers to questions she had had since that night, specifically whether Zimmerman knew that Trayvon was an unarmed minor.
Zimmerman’s new attorney, Mark O’Mara, also spoke with Today stating that his client is concerned about his ability to have a fair trial in light of the public outrage.
If prosecutors can prove that Zimmerman did not act in self-defense as he claims and that he intended to kill the teen, Zimmerman will face life in prison. He is due in court at 1:30 p.m. today and will plead not guilty.