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As the nation remains captivated by the Trayvon Martin case, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Robert Zimmerman Jr. for a world exclusive.
On Wednesday, Zimmerman Jr.'s brother George was charged with second-degree murder and arrested, and in tonight's heated exchange, Piers Morgan suggested the tragedy is George Zimmerman's fault:
"If he just carried on doing whatever he was doing with his life that night, Trayvon Martin would still be alive," said Morgan. "The only reason Trayvon Martin is dead, is because your brother decided that a young Black teenager in a hoodie looked suspicious and then pursued him."
Wednesday's guest disagreed whole-heartedly:
"Absolutely false Piers. Absolutely – nothing could be further from the truth," argued Zimmerman Jr.
Referencing the infamous 911 tapes, Zimmerman Jr. suggested that by calling the authorities, Zimmerman showed his intentions as a good samaritan:
"What he said was, 'Hi, I'm calling because there have been a significant number of break-ins in my community.' So, he never called to say 'Hi, I'm calling because there's a Black teenager in a hoodie.' And you don't call the police in order to go commit murder. You don't call the police and then kill somebody."
Joining host Piers Morgan via satellite from an undisclosed location, Zimmerman Jr. goes on to paint the picture of his brother as an advocate for a safe neighborhood, and someone aiming to assist law enforcement:
"George's expectation was that the police would shortly be there. And that's it," insisted Zimmerman Jr. "Others have come out and talked about what those suspects have looked like. Maybe that's what made George think that the police should be in the area, so that the police could make the determination if that person was suspicious."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interviews, as Zimmerman Jr. defends his brother, and offers first-hand insight into the events of February 26th.