Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, appeared on NBC's Today to say that she believes the shooting death of her son was an accident.
On Thursday, Fulton appeared on Today after the shooter, George Zimmerman, was charged by prosecutors with second-degree murder for the February shooting death of Martin.
I believe it was an accident, Fulton said on Today. I believe that it just got out of control, and he 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? I would ask him that I understand that his family is hurting, but think about our family that lost our teenage son. I mean, 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 anymore.
During the interview, Fulton said her and her family are preparing themselves to undergo the trial, but they are expecting it to be a fair one. Fulton said she had faith in the legal system even if that means that he may be found not guilty.
We just want him to be held accountable for what he's done, she said. And by him not being arrested, that would not have been done. So we are happy that he was arrested.
Martin's father, Tracy Martin, took the time to criticize the Sanford Police Department, saying they could have avoided a public scandal.
I think had the Sanford Police Department did a thorough investigation from the beginning, George Zimmerman would have been locked up from day one, and there wouldn't have been such a huge public outcry for the arrest, said Tracy. And if, in fact, we had to plead our case to public officials just to get him arrested, if that's what we have to continue to do to plead our case, then that's what we'll do. But he should have, in fact, been arrested from day one.
Zimmerman is currently held in a secluded area in Seminole County Jail in Florida after he turned himself into authorizes on Wednesday, reported the Associated Press. Special prosecutor Angela Corey announced at a press conference that her legal team concluded that Zimmerman, 28, should be prosecuted for the shooting Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26.
Fulton, while being sympathetic to Zimmerman's family, said she is still reeling from the loss of her son.
I understand his family is hurting, but think about our family that lost our teenage son, she said on Today. 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 anymore.''
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara said Zimmerman will plead not guilty. O'Mara also said he ask for Zimmerman's release after spending his firt night in jail.
He's very stressed, very tired,'' O'Mara said on 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.''
O'Mara also said he was surprised that they chose to charge him with murder in the second-degree.
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.''