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July 19th, 2012
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Trayvon Martin's family responds to Zimmerman's interview, attorney Ben Crump says Zimmerman credibility in question

Trayvon Martin's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, along with attorney Ben Crump, react to George Zimmerman's interview with FOX News's Sean Hannity.

"My first thought was that I wish that Trayvon was here to tell his side of the story," Sybrina Fulton tells Soledad. "We're just hearing one side of what actually happened."

Family attorney Ben Crump says the FOX interview will be 'a gift' to the prosecution in the case.

"I think George Zimmerman's credibility is at issue," Crump says. "Everybody in America like the judge has said his credibility is completely in question."

See more clips from the interview below. Transcript available after the jump.

RUSH TRANSCRIPT

O'BRIEN: Trayvon Martin's parents are Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin and joined by their attorney Ben Crump. Nice to see all of you. Sybrina, I will start with you if I can. I know you had a chance to watch this interview. What did you think of what George Zimmerman was saying?

SYBRINA FULTON, TRAYVON MARTIN'S MOTHER: My first thought was that I wish that Trayvon was here to tell his side of the story. We're just hearing one side of what actually happened.

O'BRIEN: Tracy, what do you think, he walked through numerous descriptions. He walked through obviously his side of the story of the pursuit which he said he was not running after him. He walked through the struggle with the gun. If you could have asked him a question, what do you want to know? What would you have liked him to describe in more detail?

TRACY MARTIN, TRAYVON MARTIN'S FATHER: I just would like to know why did he even get out of the car? Why was my son so suspicious? What made him rush to judge my son and thinking that he was a criminal or pursuing some burglary?

O'BRIEN: The pursuit I think is going to be and correct me if I'm wrong, Mr. Crump, a big focus in this court case because, and Sean Hannity asked him a detailed question about the pursuing and was he running after Trayvon. Listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ZIMMERMAN: Maybe I said running but it was more -

HANNITY: You said running.

ZIMMERMAN: Yes. Like skipping and going away quickly, but he wasn't running out of fear.

HANNITY: You can tell the difference?

ZIMMERMAN: He wasn't running.

HANNITY: He wasn't actually running.

ZIMMERMAN: No, sir.

HANNITY: That's what you said to the dispatcher, you thought he was running. Let me ask you this. At that point we can hear the unbuckling of the seat belt and hear you opening the car door and the dispatch asks you at that point and this became a very key moment that everyone in the media focused on and the dispatcher asked you are you following him and you said yes. Explain that.

ZIMMERMAN: I meant that I was going in the same direction as him to keep an eye on him so I could tell the police where he was going. I didn't mean that I was actually pursuing him.

(END VIDEO CLIP) O'BRIEN: He said he was running, but says in this interview he wasn't running. He said yes to the dispatcher when he asked about following him and now says he wasn't really following him. When you look at a strategy when this comes to the courtroom and the courthouse, how do you plan on using this chunk of the interview?

BEN CRUMP, ATTORNEY: Soledad, the state attorney is going to see this interview as a gift when they get ready to cross-examine George Zimmerman. We have a saying the evidence speaks for itself. Use your own ears. America can listen to the 911 tapes on their own and they hear him pursuing Trayvon and hear the wind whistling and hear them saying he is following Trayvon Martin. Pursuit is so crucial in this case because it kills his stand your ground defense. He profiled, confronted and shot Trayvon Martin in the heart, and says he doesn't regret anything.

O'BRIEN: And yet you heard from Mark O'Mara, the attorney, I think saying a similar thing that you're saying, which is, you know, the stand your ground defense mate be something he is not focusing on and it will actually probably be self-defense. How do you think that changes this case?

CRUMP: Remember, we believe interviewed George Zimmerman one hour and he was looking for street signs because he can't say he pursued Trayvon and then say stand your ground.

Remember, Soledad, this is so important for America to remember, we heard that 911 tape. I don't think he realized that we were going to hear that tape or he wouldn't have put that only reason he got out of the car was to check the street sign, because we heard him say, oh, he said explicit word, he is getting away. And then you hear the wind whistling and that's when he says he has fallen. It speaks for itself.

O'BRIEN: The lawyer stepped in, as I imagine any would, when the questions turned to money and the accounts that George Zimmerman had access to. Is this going to be a side issue in relatively irrelevant in the trial?

CRUMP: I think George Zimmerman's credibility is at issue and everybody in America like the judge has said his credibility is completely in question and with regards to what Mr. Martin has said all along, he did not have to get out of that car. If he would have stood down, he wouldn't have the claim stand your ground at all.

O'BRIEN: And the clip coming in, I played you a little bit of what George Zimmerman said to Sean Hannity when he was asked did he regret anything, and part of what he said is was god's will. I am curious, Sybrina, what that is like to hear?

FULTON: I think it is absolutely ridiculous. God did not have a plan for Trayvon to die and for George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon for no reason.

O'BRIEN: There is a question that - that was a question I guess he took another stab at, if you will, at the end of the interview, and he told Sean Hannity he wanted to readdress that question. I want to play a little chunk of that.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ZIMMERMAN: I would like to readdress your question when you asked if I would have done anything differently. When you asked that, I thought you were referring to if I would not have talked to the police, if I would have maybe got an attorney, if I wouldn't have taken the CVSA, and that I stand by. I would not have done anything differently. But I do wish that there was something, anything I could have done that wouldn't have put me in the position where I had to take his life.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O'BRIEN: So two things I note there. One is and you can read through the transcripts and see they never were talking about talking to the police or getting an attorney so that was not part of the conversation where he says he sort of misunderstood the question. He says anything I could have done that wouldn't have put me in the position where I had to take his life, this to me, Ben, sounds like posturing for the trial, yes?

CRUMP: It does. This, as Mr. Martin has said over and over again, he made a rush to judgment to Trayvon as criminal and suspicious and he got out of that car. He put Trayvon in the position. Trayvon went to his grave not know who this strange man was who confronted him. And so he cannot pursue and pick a fight and then say, oh, he put me in this position, and it is going to be very critical. There are so many inconsistencies, Soledad, that George Zimmerman has told, we don't even have enough time in your show to go through all the inconsistencies.

Tracy, I will ask you the last question if I can. He says that he would be willing to talk to you and to Sybrina as well. Would you have any interest in that at all?

MARTIN: Absolutely not, not at this time. We're talking about a man who regrets the fact that he took our child's life. My conversation for him would be very limited.

O'BRIEN: Ben Crump joining us and Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin and their attorney. I appreciate you joining us this morning.


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