A Florida jury cleared George Zimmerman of murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but that didn’t stop the state's special prosecutor from dropping another bombshell Monday when she called Zimmerman a "murderer."
During an interview with HLN
, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey was asked to describe Zimmerman in one word. After a lengthy pause, Corey said, "Murderer," as she slowly shook her head side-to-side with a terse smile on her face.
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Bernie De La Rionda, a lead prosecutor on Corey's team, was sitting at her side during the interview. His answer to the question about Zimmerman was, "Lucky."
Corey, a long-time prosecutor, was appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in March 2012 to investigate whether charges should be brought against Zimmerman after police in Sanford, Fla., did not charge him – a move that prompted national outrage.
During the interview Monday, de la Rionda was asked to describe Martin in one word. "I don't think that there's one word that could describe the victim – a victim."
But Corey didn't hesitate. Her answer was, "Prey," then she spelled out the word.
Also in the interview
, de la Rionda attempted to explain how the prosecution may have come up short.
"We were left with inconsistent witnesses in terms of what actually happened and [Zimmerman's] story, and what we're trying to prove is that his story was false," said de la Rionda.
He added that a lack of reliable eyewitness reports and physical evidence made it impossible to explain to the jurors exactly what happened between Zimmerman and Martin.
"Our belief as to what happened: He chased down Trayvon Martin, he wanted to make sure Travyon Martin did not get away," said de la Rionda. "Now at what point he pulled out the gun? We could speculate as to what happened. My theory is that he pulled it out early. He was going to make sure he didn't get away. He wanted to be a cop."
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