- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 30, 2013

Trayvon Martin’s stepmother of 14 years sat down for a tearful interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday night, saying that though she believes George Zimmerman is guilty, she doesn’t believe he targeted her son because of race.

“No, I really don’t think it was Zimmerman don’t like black people, or he picked him out because he was black,” Alicia Stanley said. “Did he profile him with the hoodie and stuff like that as this thug, whatever, walking, in Zimmerman’s mind? Yes, but to say that he targeted him because he was black? No, I don’t think so.”

Ms. Stanley brushed off testimony by Mr. Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel, who said he referred to Mr. Zimmerman as a “cracker” right before he was killed.

“Kids gonna be kids,” Ms. Stanley said, adding that her family doesn’t use words like that.

She said it would be “unbelievable” if Mr. Zimmerman is found not guilty.

“It’s going to be heartbreaking, because I truly believe that Zimmerman killed my son,” she added. “God will take care of all of that. I put it in God’s hands.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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