George Zimmerman: ‘It was all God’s plan’

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By Aliyah Shahid

Accused killer George Zimmerman is speaking out and says he has no regrets on his actions the night that unarmed Trayvon Martin was shot and killed but that he is “sorry” for the teen’s parents.

The neighborhood watch volunteer—who has been charged in second-degree murder in Martin’s death—gave his first public interview since taking the witness stand to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday.

Zimmerman said he was sorry that Trayvon’s parents had to bury their son, but when Hannity asked if he wished he never got out of his vehicle, followed Trayvon, or carried the gun, he said “No.”

“No sir. I feel that it was all God’s plan,” he said.

The Grio’s Joy Reid suggested to msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell that Zimmerman was talking because he’s trying to raise cash for his legal defense fund. “This is their audience,” she said of Fox News. ”This is sort of Zimmerman’s base, and he’s going there in part to shore up the fundraising.”

Zimmerman has raised more than $200,000 from online donations.

O’Donnell said it was strange that Zimmerman professed no regrets about carrying a weapon. 

“Obviously, if [Zimmerman] did not have the gun, none of this would have happened,” said O’Donnell.

Trayvon, 17, was returning home from a convenience store Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., when Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer followed the teen and told police dispatchers that he looked suspicious.

Zimmerman, 28, claimed he fired in self-defense after Trayvon jumped him and has pled not guilty. Zimmerman is free on a $1 million bail. 

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman: 'It was all God's plan'

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