Central Florida criminal defense lawyers say it was a mistake for George Zimmerman to go on national television last night and do an hour-long interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, discussing what happened the night he killed Trayvon Martin.
“I think George Zimmerman needs to stop talking,” said David Faulkner, a former FBI agent and Winter Park criminal defense attorney.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey during the noon-hour filed formal notice that she intends to use the interview as evidence against Zimmerman.
Zimmerman deviated at least twice from his previous versions of what happened the night he shot Trayvon. He told Hannity he walked in Trayvon’s direction because he needed to find a house number to help police find him, but in recorded interviews with Sanford police, he said it was because he had forgotten the street’s name, something detectives challenged him on.
Also, Zimmerman told Hannity that Trayvon “skipped” away from him and did not run in fear after they first spotted each other a minute or two before their fatal face-to-face confrontation.
Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch volunteer, shot Trayvon, Feb. 26. The defendant told police that he was acting in self-defense after the Miami Gardens 17-year-old attacked him.
He was not arrested for more than a month, but the special prosecutor charged him with second-degree murder April 11. He is currently free on $1 million bond.
“I don’t think the interview changes anyone’s mind. It just adds more statements that they’re going to have to defend at trial,” said Faulkner.
Zimmerman again apologized to Trayvon’s family but also told Hannity that what happened that night “was all God’s plan.”