Trayvon Martin's family fires back after mother of George Zimmerman's letter

Martin family says Gladys Zimmerman's allegations are 'disingenuous and disrespectful'

ORLANDO, Fla. - The family of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford last year, has responded to Zimmerman's mother's letter on Thursday, one year after Zimmerman was arrested in Martin's death.

In Gladys Zimmerman's letter, she thanks supporters of her family, criticizes the media, calls the arrest "unfortunate" and says "the justice system failed us."

Martin's family posted a statement  later Thursday, arguing against the Zimmerman family's allegations, saying "to allege that the justice system doesn't work, simply because they are unhappy their son was arrested in the first place, is disingenuous and disrespectful to the very system that is currently affording him every available opportunity to defend himself."

Zimmerman was arrested April 11, 2012, on second-degree murder charges in the death of Martin, who was shot and killed in Sanford more than a month earlier.

"The arrest of an admitted killer is not a violation of due process, it is due process," the Martin family continues. "Most will agree that no one has been given greater consideration by the justice system for killing an unarmed child, than George Zimmerman."

The Martins also call the case "simple and straightforward," a contrast to Gladys Zimmerman's statement that "there was absolutely no justifiable reason my son should have been charged for a crime he didn't commit..."

The Martins continue that they are "confident a jury following the overwhelming evidence against George Zimmerman will hold him accountable for killing our son, Trayvon Martin."

Watch Local 6 for more on this story.

Copyright 2013 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.