In the first two of three on-camera interviews George Zimmerman has planned for this week, the former Florida neighborhood-watch volunteer, acquitted of murder after he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death, said he now suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and was “totally homeless.” In an interview that aired Sunday night, he also told Univision that he wore a bulletproof vest and feared for his safety, a theme he repeated in an interview with CNN that aired Monday morning. “I have a lot of people saying that, you know, they guarantee that they’re going to kill me and I’ll never be a free man,” Zimmerman told Chris Cuomo. But he wouldn’t say whether he regretted what happened.
“Unfortunately, the Department of Justice is conducting a civil rights investigation, so those are the types of questions that, because of the investigation, I have to tread lightly and I can’t answer,” Zimmerman told Cuomo when the CNN reporter asked whether he regretted the incident. Cuomo asked again, “Do you regret that night? Do you have regrets about it,” Zimmerman almost said it, but stopped himself: “Certainly I have … Certainly I think about that night. I think that my life would be tremendously easier if I had stayed home.” He’s not the only one.