Robert Zimmerman again defends son

George Zimmerman shot, killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman
Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman

ORLANDO, Fla. – The father of George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch leader who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, appeared on a national TV show to again defend his son.

Robert Zimmerman told Sean Hannity of Fox News that his son, who is Hispanic, is not a racist.

"I just believe it's very sad that so many people are not telling the truth on purpose for their own agenda.  I thought that we had gotten past a lot of racial problems," Robert Zimmerman said.

He also recounted what he says happened Feb. 26, adding that Martin, 17, attacked his 28-year-old son.

"He asked my son if he had a problem. George said, 'No, I don't have a problem.' Trayvon said, 'Well, you do now.' He punched him in the face, broke his nose, knocked him to the sidewalk, got on him and started beating him," Robert Zimmerman said.

Earlier Wednesday, George Zimmerman's attorneys spoke with Local 6, saying they believe physical evidence will prove that their client acted in self-defense.

Martin family attorney Jasmine Rand previously said that Zimmerman "was the aggressor."

"He pursued Trayvon in this instance. If he did have any medical injuries, that did not give him the right to use deadly force and shoot and kill Trayvon," Rand said.

George Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in Martin's death.  Police cited Florida's "stand your ground" law as the reason for not arresting Zimmerman.  A special prosecutor, however, is reviewing the case, which has triggered a nationwide debate about the law, race and racial profiling.

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