Current Weather
The Spy FM

Trayvon’s Mother Wants Justice, But Also Believes Death ‘Was An Accident’

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
April 12, 2012

Both of Trayvon Martin’s parents said this morning on NBC’s The Today Show that they are glad the man who shot and killed their son has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

But in comments that underscore the emotional nature and complicated legal issues of a case that has captured the nation’s attention, Sybrina Fulton said she would also like to tell George Zimmerman that he should apologize and that “I believe it was an accident. It just got out of control and he couldn’t turn the clock back.”

As we noted earlier, the second-degree murder charge prosecutors have leveled against Zimmerman presents “some steep legal hurdles.” To secure a conviction, they will have to “prove Zimmerman intentionally went after Martin instead of shooting him in self-defense, refute arguments that a Florida law empowered him to use deadly force and get past a judge’s ruling at a pretrial hearing,” as The Associated Press reports.

Zimmerman’s first court hearing is set for early this afternoon.

The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has told police he acted in self defense. Martin’s family and supporters believe Zimmerman racially profiled the black teenager. Zimmerman had called police to say that a “suspicious” young man was walking around the area. Martin, according to police reports, was unarmed.

The case has rekindled a national discussion about race relations and has led to marches and rallies in cities across the nation by people calling for Zimmerman to be brought to justice. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

9PM to 5AM The Spy

The Spy

An eclectic mix of the Spy's library of more than 10,000 songs curated by Ferris O'Brien.

Listen Live Now!

5AM to 9AM Morning Edition

Morning Edition

For more than two decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports.

View the program guide!

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center