While on the stand at a jury trial for the man who tried to shoot him, George Zimmerman got into a verbal sparring match with the defense attorney, leading the former neighborhood watch volunteer to condemn the controversial group Black Lives Matter as “terrorists,” The Orlando Sentinel reports.
The attorney for the gunman on trial, Mathew Apperson, asked Zimmerman if he thought that his client was associated with Black Lives Matter.
Zimmerman, the man acquitted for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin back in 2012, said no, adding, “They are terrorists. I see them as terrorists.”
However, when Zimmerman was selling the gun he used to kill Martin to raise money, he mentioned in an ad post that Apperson was a “BLM sympathizer.”
On the stand, he talked about why he sold the Kel-Tec PF-9.
“I spent $2.5 million defending myself from the prosecution, so if I sold the gun for $250,000 that’s really not making any money,” said Zimmerman.
The strange relationship between Zimmerman and 37-year-old Apperson was marked by several encounters eventually culminating in the shots fired from Apperson’s gun though the window of Zimmerman’s truck while the men were driving on Lake Mary Boulevard on May 11, 2015.
Apperson and Zimmerman’s first encounter was on Sept. 9, 2014, also while the two men were driving down the road in separate vehicles. During this random meeting, from his window, Apperson told Zimmerman that he “should have shot that little black boy.”
Zimmerman responded by saying that the defendant “didn’t know what he’s done for the African-American community.”
Apperson, of Winter Springs, FL, faces multiple charges including attempted second-degree murder with a firearm, shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm. His attorneys claim that he acted in self-defense, and Apperson told investigators that Zimmerman was the one who pulled a gun first.
However, police at the scene said that due to Zimmerman’s illegally tinted windows, it would have been impossible for Apperson to see inside the vehicle. Additionally, police reports said that Apperson was “fixated” with Zimmerman and that he was admitted to a mental health facility in the past.
More details on this bizarre trial in the video below.