George Zimmerman said Wednesday he doesn't regret following Trayvon Martin or packing heat the night he shot the unarmed teen because "it was all God's plan."
While he defended his actions in his first interview since the Feb. 26 slaying, the community watch volunteer said he had an apology of sorts for the 17-year-old's parents.
"I would tell them that, again, I'm sorry," Zimmerman told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity. "I am sorry that they buried their child. I can't imagine what it must feel like. I pray for them daily."
Zimmerman -- who was initially not arrested but later was charged with second-degree murder -- also said he had a message for a nation "polarized" by the racially charged shooting of the black youth.
"I'm not a racist and I'm not a murderer," said the 28-year-old, who is half white and half-Hispanic.
Flanked by his lawyer, he gave a somewhat disjointed but highly detailed account of what he says happened after he spotted Martin "cutting in between houses" in the gated community on a rainy night.
After calling 911 to report the "suspicious" behavior, he said, he went in "the same direction" as Martin to "keep an eye on him" -- and was suddenly confronted by the teen asking him what his problem was. "I looked up and he punched me and broke my nose," he said.
He claimed Martin slammed his head into the concrete, told him to shut up, tried to suffocate him with his hands, told him he was going to die and then went for his gun.
Zimmerman said he grabbed the gun and fired but said he had no idea Martin was hit and didn't find out he was dead until an hour later.
Hannity asked if he regretted his actions and Zimmerman replied, "I feel that it was all God's plan and for me to second guess it or judge it..."
He later added, "I do wish there was something, anything I could have done that wouldn't have put me in a position where I had to take his life."
And he said he deserves an apology from the Rev. Al Sharpton and others who have condemned him.
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