In a new book, the couple who hid George Zimmerman for weeks after he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin reveal personal details of what life was like for Zimmerman as he became, according to friends Mark and Sondra Osterman, "the most hated man in America."
According to the Orlando Sentinel:
Ostermans' book, titled "Defending Our Friend: The Most Hated Man in America," explores Zimmerman's life in the aftermath of the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford.
That night, Zimmerman "was quiet, subdued, but stunned, almost as if in shock," the book says. Recounting the shooting, he described Trayvon first as a "tall man," then later as a "young black guy," Mark Osterman writes. The book says George and Shellie Zimmerman stayed with the Ostermans that night, and did almost nothing without them in the weeks after the shooting.
The Ostermans maintain their friend's innocence, and say the Zimmermans' lives will likely never return to normalcy:
"We have sadly concluded that George cannot win," the books says. "No matter the outcome of the trial, whether found guilty or innocent, he will lose."
In an interview Tuesday, Mark Osterman told the Sentinel he wrote the book hoping to "calm the public's desire for revenge against George ... we're doing nothing but trying to help George and Shellie and put them in a better light."
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SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel