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. Scottish Mama

    One time I tried to shove 25 twinkies into my mouth...I might have to double it next time.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Not me.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Scottish Mama Troll

      Next time, try ding dongs, as that is what you are what you eat.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    I tend to attract flies.
    Being morbidly obese will do that.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Not me again. wahhhh wahhhhhh. coward.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Scottish Mama Troll

      You attract flies every time you open your mouth. Being a troll pig, that'll happen.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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  4. Scottish Mama

    Not me again, again.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    I am a Scottish Mama wantabe. I cannot hack it on my own so I try to be a bully and make fun of people. Wah everyone picks on me cause I say stupid and immature things. wahhhhhhhhh

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

    Not me yet again.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. @Scottish Mama Troll

    There's your snack for later....again.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    Please wrap the package that the depends came in tightly around your neck and breath heavily. Thank You.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    Ho hum I am done.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    Please use that rake to poke your eyes out, and then perch on the pole end to alleviate you anal leakage. Thank You.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    Zimmermans Daddy was not there, not a witness.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @The mob has spoken's Troll

    Recognize yourself?

    March 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian soldier

      Only in therapy?

      March 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • @The mob has spoken's Troll

      You're in therapy? You need to switch therapists.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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      You're welcome.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
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    Eat a gun. Soon.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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