SANFORD, Fla. — Trayvon Martin’s mother says the encounter between her son and a neighborhood watch volunteer was an accident, not the shooting that left her 17-year-old son dead.

Sybrina Fulton clarified her remarks today to The Associated Press after she referred to what happened to her son on NBC’s “Today” show as an accident.

Fulton said she thought a person should apologize if they are remorseful. Then she said she believed it was an accident and things got out of control. She did not say more about how she thinks the shooting happened.

Some viewers interpreted her remarks to mean she was referring to the shooting, but she says that isn’t what she meant. She says the encounter between Martin and George Zimmerman was the accident.

Zimmerman was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder. He is awaiting a first appearance before a judge in a central Florida jail.

Martin’s death, and the delay in Zimmerman’s arrest, led to protests nationwide.

Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense during the Feb. 26 confrontation.


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