George Zimmerman's Father Speaks Out, Says Trayvon Martin Threatened to Kill Son

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George Zimmerman's father, Robert Zimmerman, says Trayvon Martin threatened to kill his son, then beat him to the point where he had no choice but to defend himself against the 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla., on February 26.George Zimmerman Picture

The elder Zimmerman spoke, on camera but without showing his face, to Orlando, Fla., TV station WOFL, to share his son's side of the national story.

He claims Trayvon Martin attacked first and may have killed Zimmerman.

"It's my understanding that Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him," Robert Zimmerman told WOFL. "Martin said something to the effect of, 'You're going to die now' or 'You're going to die tonight.'"

"He continued to beat George. At some point, George pulled his pistol ... and what he did."

"He was punched in the nose. His nose was broken," Robert Zimmerman insists. "He was knocked to the concrete. Trayvon Martin got on top of him and started beating him."

"Beating him in the face. In his nose, hitting his head on the concrete."

The comments came just after the George Zimmerman surveillance video, taken at police headquarters the night of Martin's killing, was released.

His hands cuffed, Zimmerman does not appear to have substantial injuries, though the video does not show a close-up of the neighborhood watchman.

The video was taken four hours after the incident took place.

"The injuries that made it sound as though he really should have been on a stretcher are not apparent in this tape at all," CNN analyst Marcia Clark said.

"He moves freely. He moves fluidly, not like someone who has just been through a beating in any way, shape or form, someone whose head has been pounded on the pavement as hard as described, someone whose nose was broken and bleeding."

"That tells you a great deal."

Zimmerman's attorney Craig Sonner described the video as "very grainy" on NBC's Today, noting that Zimmerman had been "cleaned-up" and received first aid care in the hours between the incident and his arrival at the police station.

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First of all Robert Zimmerman do you really think that your son in gone tell you that he made a bad decision and theres no way that he can take it back. He took a life when he didnt have to, I know by now you've heard the tapes and I also know that deep down in your heart you know that your son has issues that you has no idea about until now but #1 he was asked not to following and you can hear your son out of breath trying to go after him he wasnt running for his life and he sure as hell wasnt out there calling for help.. Mr Robert Zimmerman I doesnt matter how you your wife or grand kids look at it he was wrong but maybe you would understand if it had been the other way around. You would be doing the same this as Trayvon Martins Mother and thats seeking justice for her son that you know she deserve and maybe it will give you and your family some peace as well...

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Hey Texas or Emeraldcityshitter or whatever else you are calling yourself today! Had a long day and could use some entertainment so get to it my little court jester. Entertain me NOW my bitch!!!

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@Ballz- I prefer she have the gun- damn sure don't want to bring a knife to a gunfight/ lol! @ Sifu- spend your time on other matters? OK!!! ...... Carry on!

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Given ur user name sifu u cud kick ass wo a gun.

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@ SIFU- Well... Alrighty then- Now close the door on your way out- so we can'keep the rest of the Obama shit flies away! Thank you for immediately coming straight here after your phone was take aback? What an honor for all!

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@metro-gnome,@emerald city slicker. I recently returned home from deployment and got a new phone. I have been catching up on all the news and began reading others comments about current events. I want to thank you both due to the utter ignorance I have read I can spend my time on other matters.

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Never said I was black or for Obama. Call some kind of flipping meeting. Different users, maybe the same, have said random things to me. Just putting in one comment. God bless.

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@67fuon3---Wait a minute! You don't comment at night...you were at a mtg.! Then why the hell are you here now?!? North of the Mason/Dixon line? Was your geographical area of residence ever in question? Besides, I thought you were going to remain "Just Me". That's what you kept telling us. Big Christian who keeps changing her names, views, and stories. One time your kid's gay, then he's not. You love Romney, but earlier you were supporting Obama in a comment. Told somebody you were a woman of color, yet you now tell us you are going load your gun, shoot black a** and ask questions later. You pretend to support someone against T-Jones when in essence you are setting him up---for a 'project' no less! Yeah. Time to GET A LIFE, GIRL! PS His lady can't stand you either. Go home...take Julie with ya!

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Your profiler should be fired. I live above the mason dixon and seldom comment at night. So to the 4 of you that mentioned me, I was attending a meeting. This topic is going around and around so I have not been commenting. Read the comments, but others have strong opinions on this. Me...will wait until all the facts are in.

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@Julie Talk about "idle", b*tch. You're everywhere Texas is! Jesus! You're obvious! Why would you suddenly show up and have this tremendous vendetta against this guy? You're either sick....or got a pathetic, delusional crush on him. If the latter's true, you're wasting your time. He sees you as a low life skank. Besides, he's white, honey....and you like ebony head. And ebony c*** from a previous writings. Some folks have labeled me psychic so here goes...you don't have a gay son, do ya? I've been at 6's and 7's trying to figure you out. Whatever you are...it's skanky, agressive, and bullying. And if you're who I think? You have said in the past you HATE BULLYING! You've also been known to tell folks God bless and god speed as a message ending. You're a church attender, aren't ya? Man, if you are? Church ladies sure talk far more crudely than I ever imagined! Whoa!