March 29th, 2012
02:18 AM ET

Zimmerman's father says Trayvon Martin threatened to kill his son

The father of George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting and killing and unarmed black teen, says the teen threatened to kill Zimmerman and then beat him so badly that it forced Zimmerman to shoot the teen.

"Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of you're going to die now or you're going to die tonight, something to that effect," Robert Zimmerman told Orlando TV station WOFL. "He continued to beat George. At some point, George pulled his pistol. Did what he did."

In the interview Robert Zimmerman, his face obscured because he says he fears for his safety, vehemently defended the shooting that has caused outrage throughout the nation, moved President Barack Obama to call it a tragedy and prompted a federal investigation.

Robert Zimmerman told the news station that Martin confronted his son first and pummeled his son continually.

"He was punched in the nose. His nose was broken," Robert Zimmerman said. "He was knocked to the concrete. Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him. In the face. In his nose, hitting his head on the concrete."

Robert Zimmerman was not there the night of the shooting and did not say during the interview how he knew the details of the altercation.

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  1. marco

    please . lets quit hurting each other with words. nothing we say here is going to bring my boy back.

    March 31, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SHOT IN THE BACK NOT CHEST!

    DON'T TRUST THE CORONER. POLICE FOUND HIM FACE DOWN. WHY ARE PEOPLE SAYING HE WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST. DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK AND GET AN INDEPENDENT AUTOPSY DONE!

    April 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. SHOT IN THE BACK NOT CHEST

    DON'T TRUST THE CORONER! POLICE FOUND HIM FACE DOWN. WHY ARE PEOPLE SAYING HE WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST. DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK AND GET AN INDEPENDENT AUTOPSY DONE!

    Weak coward

    April 2, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
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