LAKE MARY, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — The father of a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager says despite dispatchers telling his son to stop following Trayvon Martin, he kept going so he could get an address for police to check.
Robert Zimmerman spoke to WOFL FOX 35 in Orlando in an interview that aired Wednesday night. He says his son was suspicious because of several break-ins and thought it was strange for someone to be walking between the town homes on a rainy night.
He reiterated what other George Zimmerman supporters have said. He says his son was walking back to his car and Martin confronted him.
He says Martin broke his son’s nose and knocked him to the concrete.
“It’s my understanding that Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him,” Zimmerman told the station.
Zimmerman also says that Martin threatened his son’s life.
“Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of ‘you’re going to die now’ or ‘you’re going to die tonight,’” Zimmerman told the station.
He says Martin continued the beating and his son “pulled his pistol and did what he did.”