In an initial interview with police shortly after the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman described a life-and-death struggle where the teenager jumped out from the bushes to attack him and threatened his life.
Zimmerman is currently facing second-degree murder charges in the unarmed teen's death.
The audio of that February 26 interview with police, along with a written statement, is part of a series of documents posted on the Web on Wednesday by Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara. Although O'Mara initially sought to keep that information sealed from the public, a judge ruled the information had to be released, because Zimmerman is not technically confessing to a crime.
The information is now posted on O'Mara's website www.gzlegalcase.com
Zimmerman is heard telling police that he was driving to a grocery store on the evening of Martin's death when he saw the teen walking in his Sanford, Fla., neighborhood. Zimmerman told police he saw Martin walking casually in the rain and became suspicious because of a series of recent burglaries that had occurred in the area. After getting out of his vehicle to allegedly find a street sign in order to tell the dispatcher his location, Zimmerman said he was confronted by Martin, who asked him What the f---'s your problem?
Zimmerman said he told Martin he did not have a problem, but the youth replied Now you have a problem and then punched him in the face before bashing his head against the sidewalk, putting his hand over his mouth to silence his cries for help and then reaching for Zimmerman's gun.
My head felt like it was going to explode, Zimmerman wrote in a statement.
After Martin reportedly told Zimmerman he was going to die tonight, he claims he fired one shot into his torso because he feared for his life.
Martin's last words, according to Zimmerman, were reportedly You got me.
Click here to see Zimmerman's video and audio interviews with police, as well as his written statement and phone calls from jail.