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Zimmerman speaks about the night he killed Trayvon Martin

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George Zimmerman says he apologized to Martin's family during a 2012 bond hearing and would like to apologize again. (Source: CNN) George Zimmerman says he apologized to Martin's family during a 2012 bond hearing and would like to apologize again. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - George Zimmerman is opening up about the night he killed Trayvon Martin.

Seven months after he was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in Martin's death, Zimmerman sat down to talk with CNN's Chris Cuomo about the case.

Zimmerman maintains that he acted in self-defense within the law when he shot Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager, during a confrontation.

Zimmerman says those who accuse him of being a racist don't understand his family's background.

"I actually had two full Peruvians raising me and one American. So I felt almost like two-thirds of my upbringing was that Peruvian," Zimmerman said. "I have black people in my family, so it was very shocking to me that simply based off my last name, people would make that presumption."

Zimmerman says he apologized to Martin's family during a 2012 bond hearing and would like to apologize again.

At the time, attorneys for Martin's family called the courtroom apology a self-serving act by a man facing a life prison sentence.

The Department of Justice is investigating any civil rights violations in the case, but says charges aren't expected.

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