SANFORD, FL- APRIL 20: George Zimmerman (L) George Zimmerman walks back to his seat after taking the stand during his bond hearing in a Seminole County courtroom on April 20, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a member of a neighborhood watch in Sanford, Florida, who has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting. Bail was set at $150,000 for Zimmerman and he could be released from jail as early as April 21. (Photo by Gary Green/The Orlando Sentine
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The mother of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has written a letter to the public that criticizes the justice system for her son's arrest in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Gladys Zimmerman's letter was written to coincide with the one-year anniversary of her son's April 11, 2012, arrest. He's accused of killing Martin, who was unarmed, in February 2012.
The letter was written in Spanish and translated by her son, Robert Zimmerman. He released it on his Twitter account.
Gladys Zimmerman says the day will "forever be remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans." She describes what she calls a "false narrative" that was developed as the heavily publicized case unfolded.
Zimmerman is scheduled to be tried on second-degree murder charges in June.