Mother of George Zimmerman pens letter, calls son's arrest 'unfortunate'

Gladys Zimmerman criticizes media, says 'justice system failed us'

LAKE MARY, Fla. - Exactly one year after George Zimmerman was arrested in the death of Trayvon Martin, a letter written by Zimmerman's mother, Gladys, has been released.

Robert Zimmerman Jr., the brother of George Zimmerman, tweeted a link to the letter, which thanks supporters of her family, criticizes the media, calls the arrest "unfortunate" and says "the justice system failed us."

George 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.

In the letter, Gladys Zimmerman says, "There was absolutely no justifiable reason my son should have been charged for a crime he didn't commit and there was no just reason he should find himself incarcerated either."

Zimmerman claims he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense.  His trial is scheduled to begin in June.

"The upcoming trial will not disappoint you. The truth will finally be revealed to many, but to some who have always seen through the narrative – the truth George always told will be 'revealed,' but rather 'confirmed,'" Gladys Zimmerman wrote.

She also thanked supporters of the family.

"As we approach June 10, the date George's trial is scheduled to begin, I want to thank you again for your support and the trust you have placed in George," Gladys writes. "My son has always told the truth and your trust is well-placed. The upcoming trial will not disappoint you. The truth will finally be revealed to many."

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