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. Pete

    Ya,Zimmermans old man NOW speaks out,pretty pathedic after all this time.Sounds like hes got mental problems or just can't come up with an excuse fast enough.After viewing video from the initial arrest on CNN,Zimmerman didn't look anything like a man who was supposedly roughed up by a 17yr old TRAYVON.Now police and others ,with their heads squarely on the chopping block are comming foward to say that Zimmerman should have been arrested that night on aggravated assault,murder charges.Zimmermans old man ,comming forward now is like throwing an anchor to his son ,neck deep in quicksand,just shows how quilty his son really is,case closed.Public opinion is very strong,and justice will be served or else.Police don't need anything more negetive about them anywhere ,peoples trust in our police are at an all time low,that's public opinion,plain and simple.That's my 2 cents take on it....

    March 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubbaâ„¢

      All these pictures? ??? And the public has yet to see one recent picture of the other guy. They just keep showing the same old baby picture of him. Just to get public sympathy.

      Baby pictures and skittles and s hoodie??? Is that all you got??? Please tell me you are not trying to convict Zimmerman with that.

      March 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @bubba- don't all kids look real young to all of us older folk. I see someone buying liquor and I always wonder if they are even 15. If you are older younger kids always look way younger.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JerseyJeff

    Of course he thinks the best of his son... That tells me that he is a good father.
    THE VIDEO of him coming into police custody after "breaking his nose" and "getting his head bashed in on concrete" really didn't match his story as all I could see was a scratch on his head and nose. You get popped in the nose; you bleed and it swells up fast.
    I do not know if Zimmerman is a racist, but I do know he pursued a kid, after being instructed not to, and confronted him and used deadly force. Unacceptable.
    There is a reason the Angels in New York don't carry weapons, you can't use what you don't have nor have to answer questions about it later.
    Zimmerman, for sure, was acting above what a citizen should and acted as a vigilante. We have police for a reason, this is modern society and we don't need armed citizens trying to tackle crime on their own. He should have just used his phone, the ONLY tool of a neighborhood watch, and stayed in his car instead of trying to be a neighborhood hero.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bubbaâ„¢

    Of course Zimmerman was protecting his neighborhood. But more importantly he was protecting himself. A basic right. So if they were both protecting themselves then trayvon lost. Oh well, someone had to lose. Im just glad it wasn't Zimmerman.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ bubba, im more inclined to believe that zimmerman is a wannabe cop! I just watched the video of him at the police station and it sure does not appear that he was hurt in any way! But he still shouldve been charged. Then his *facts* be presented in court

    March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubbaâ„¢

      Maybe... but do you have to wait until you are mortaly wounded before you can protect yourself? If you think your life is in danger and a 6ft 3 in person is on top of you, in some kind of steroid rage??

      March 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @bubba- we could turn this around and say why was Zimmerman following the Trayvon and maybe Trayvon was the one standing his ground.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubbaâ„¢

      I agree, maybe he was. Except, he was the outsider, visiting the neighborhood. He should have been smart enough to convey that massage to another person without confrontation.

      My job, has made it necessary for me to be in places that I normally would not be in, unless I was buying drugs. And i have been challenged, as to my reason for being there, by the (unofficial neighborhood watch committee) .

      I didn't tell them, "its non of your effin business" even though it wasn't any of their business.

      Sometimes you have to use your brain in certain situations. And get the chip off your shoulder.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The mob has spoken

    Zimmerman is a racist murderer. We demand his head. He must be convicted now.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The mob has spoken

    Don't confuse us with your facts. We don't care how many people saw Zimmerman getting beaten. They are lying. We don't care if law enforcement and medical people saw Zimmerman's injuries. They don't fit our facts. They are lying. We demand his head.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The mob has spoken

    We don't need an investigation by trained professionals. We know the facts. Charge him now. We demand a conviction.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Exactly an investigation is what we all want.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The mob has spoken

    Trayvon was just a cute little boy and Zimmerman was a hulking monster. Don't try to tell us otherwise. The photos that the family provided don't lie. We demand Zimmerman's head. Hand him over to the Mob. The Mob is never wrong.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The mob has spoken

    That racist monster was out there looking for black kids to kill. If anyone says otherwise, or questions the mentality of the Mob, they must be racist too.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      If he was not looking for it why bring a gun?

      March 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The mob has spoken

    CNN is doing a great job of not confusing the Mob. Don't publish or broadcast any facts that contradict the established story, CNN. The Mob needs your continued support. If any more facts come out that defend Zimmerman's story just ignore them, like you've been doing.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The banasy© has spoken

    Ridiculous hyperbole and rhetoric, mob.
    Shhhhh.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • The mob has spoken

      @ The banasy© has spoken
      SHUT UP!!!! WENTCH

      March 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Do you mean....

      ...wench? Moron.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The mob has spoken

    If the authorities are worried about any facts that might lead to aquittal, don't worry. Just put 12 members of the Mob on the jury. We'll take care of him.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    I just dropped a duece in my shorts.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • @chrissy's Troll

      Wish someone would drop an anvil on your head.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    If you are into bald obese women with facial hair, give me a call.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Not me. Quit putting my name on the description of yourself, TROLL.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Of course not me. Not fat for your info. lCannot get your facts right still, resort to lies.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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