Update (1:39 p.m. EDT): After telling the Today show that she believed Trayvon Martin's death was an accident, his mother, Sybrina Fulton has now retracted that comment and says it was no such thing. In fact, it was just the opposite, she now says. "My son was profiled, followed and murdered by George Zimmerman, and there was nothing accidental about that," she said in a statement which the Miami Herald reports hit Twitter just before 1 p.m., posted by the family attorney, Benjamin Crump. The full statement:
Earlier today, I made a comment to the media that was later mischaracterized. When I referenced the word 'accident' today with regard to Trayvon's death, in NO way did I mean the shooting was an accident.
We believe that George Zimmerman stalked my son and murdered him in cold blood. The 'accident' I was referring to was the fact that George Zimmerman and my son ever crossed paths. It was an accidental encounter. If George Zimmerman hadn't gotten out of his vehicle, this entire incident would have been avoided.
My son was profiled, followed and murdered by George Zimmerman, and there was nothing accidental about that.
Original: Trayvon Martin's parents chose Today for their first media appearance the day after George Zimmerman's arrest, where Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, sounded pretty compassionate toward the man who shot her son. "I believe it was an accident," she said, adding, "I believe that it just got out of control and [Zimmerman] 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?" She asked Zimmerman to apologize.
The prosecutors must prove Zimmerman's shooting of Martin was rooted in hatred or ill will and counter his claims that he shot Martin to protect himself while patrolling his gated community in the Orlando suburb of Sanford. Zimmerman's lawyers would only have to prove by a preponderance of evidence - a relatively low legal standard - that he acted in self-defense at a pretrial hearing to prevent the case from going to trial.
There's a "high likelihood it could be dismissed by the judge even before the jury gets to hear the case," Florida defense attorney Richard Hornsby said.
And to best understand what's next for Zimmerman, CNN has the best explanation of his chances for making bail at Thursday's hearing, which defense attorney Mark O'Mara said may be difficult to get. Even if Zimmerman does get a bail he can afford, O'Mara's worried he'll be required to stay in the area, which could put him at risk. "I think nobody would deny the fact if George Zimmerman is walking down the street today, he would be at risk," he told CNN.
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