George Zimmerman trial: Witness Doris Singleton

By Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Published On: Jul 01 2013 01:55:14 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 02 2013 10:02:47 AM EDT
SANFORD, Fla. -

Doris Singleton is the Sanford police officer who interviewed Zimmerman at the police station after the fatal shooting.

Singleton to Zimmerman: "God did not intend for that to mean that you could not defend yourself."

In the courtroom July 1st, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda played a recording of the Feb. 26, 2012 interview. Zimmerman described the dark night when he spotted 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walking leisurely in the rain.

WATCH: Recorded interview

Zimmerman told Singleton he didn't recognize the teen. He suspected him of being one of the teens involved in recent break-ins in the neighborhood.

"These guys always get away," he said.

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Zimmerman said he got out of the car to look for a street name, so that he could give police a specific location.

Zimmerman said that when he was walking back to his car, Trayvon jumped out of the bushes and punched him. The punch, he said, prompted his fall.

When he was on the ground, Zimmerman said, Trayvon began to hit his head against the concrete sidewalk. Zimmerman claims Trayvon said, "you're going to die tonight."

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Zimmerman said he thought Trayvon had seen his gun and was going to reach for it.  Zimmerman got to it first and shot Trayvon.

Zimmerman said Trayvon's last words were, "You got me."

While at the police station Zimmerman asked Singleton if she was Catholic. He told Singleton he was worried about God's commandment not to kill.

Singleton then remembers telling him that "God did not intend for that to mean that you could not defend yourself."

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