Trayvon Martin’s Mom Says Shooting Was ‘An Accident’

The grieving mother of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said on Thursday morning she thinks the killing of her son was an accident.

Appearing on NBC’s Today Show the morning after a special prosecutor announced that her son’s killer, George Zimmerman, would face a second-degree murder charge, Sabrina Fulton revealed her theory about what happened on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.

“I believe it was an accident,” Fulton said. “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?”

The comments came after the prosecutor, Angela Corey, filed the toughest charge she could have without using a grand jury. The second-degree murder charge implies Corey believes the killing, while not premeditated, was no accident and that Zimmerman acted dangerously without regard to human life.

Zimmerman is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 1:30 p.m. ET today.

 

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