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Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton retracted her comment on TODAY Thursday morning morning that she believes her son's fatal shooting was an "accident."
Fulton told MSNBC-TV Thursday afternoon, "George Zimmerman stalked my son and murdered him in cold blood."
In an interview with Ann Curry, Fulton had said, "I believe it was an accident. I believe that it just got out of control and (Zimmerman) couldn’t turn the clock back." A spokesman for the Martin family later emailed MSNBC-TV to say that Fulton's comments were "mischaracterized."
"When I referenced the word 'accident' today with regard to Trayvon's death, in NO way did I mean the shooting was an accident," Fulton said. "My son was profiled, followed and murdered by George Zimmerman, and there was nothing accidental about that."
When asked about the comment in a press conference, Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara said the defense wouldn't be going after Fulton for her comments.
"They went through a horrible tragedy…we’re not going to be talking about using words against the mother of a deceased child," he said.
The day after George Zimmerman entered police custody on second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of their son, Trayvon Martin’s parents are still searching for answers.Video: Zimmerman charged with 2nd degree murder (on this page)
“I believe it was an accident,’’ Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told TODAY on Thursday. “I believe that it just got out of control and (Zimmerman) couldn’t turn the clock back. I would ask him, did he know that that was a minor, that that was a teenager, and that he did not have a weapon?'Thank you, Lord,' says Martin's mother
“I understand his family is hurting, but think about our family that lost our teenage son. It’s just very difficult to live with day in and day out. I’m sure his parents can pick up the phone and call him, but we can’t pick up the phone and call Trayvon any more.’’Video: Where does Trayvon case go from here? (on this page)
Zimmerman is currently secluded in Seminole County Jail in Florida after he turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday. In less than three weeks, special prosecutor Angela Corey concluded that Zimmerman, 28, should stand trial for murder in the second degree for the shooting of the unarmed Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.Trayvon Martin's mom retracts 'accident' comment
Martin’s parents watched the news of the murder charge on TV Wednesday in Washington, D.C., with their attorneys, clasping hands as Fulton broke into a quick smile.
“What went through my mind was that finally the person who shot and killed my son was going to be held accountable for what he has done,’’ Fulton told Ann Curry. “Even if (a trial) means he may be found not guilty, we just want him to be held accountable for what he’s done. By him not being arrested, that would not have been done. We are happy that he was arrested so that he can give his side of the story.’’Video: Zimmerman lawyer: We're not going after Trayvon's mom
Zimmerman’s new attorney, Mark O’Mara, has said that Zimmerman will plead not guilty, and O’Mara will ask for Zimmerman's release on bail. Zimmerman spent his first night in jail on Wednesday.Video: Martin’s mom: ‘I believe it was an accident’ (on this page)
“He’s very stressed, very tired,’’ O’Mara told TODAY on Thursday. “As for the Martin family, it’s been a difficult several weeks for him. He wants to be out to help with his defense, but he’s doing OK.’’
Martin’s father believes that Zimmerman should not be granted bail.Story: Ex-lawyers to George Zimmerman: 'Call us'
“I think that they will do the right thing,’’ Tracy Martin said.
So far, O'Mara has only seen the evidence that the media has seen, he said, but expects to receive information from the state as early as next week.
“I was surprised that they chose (the murder charge) at that level," O’Mara said. "I have no idea what the facts are yet, so I know that Ms. Corey looked at her case, decided to charge what she could or should, and we’ll deal with it.’’
“It is real clear from the objective evidence that we know that in those 911 tapes, George Zimmerman got out and pursued Trayvon Martin, even against the instructions of the 911 dispatcher,’’ Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump told Curry. “We have always believed that for whatever reason he confronted Trayvon Martin when he had been told not to, and for those reasons Trayvon was killed when he was simply trying to get home to watch the basketball game.’’
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