In addition, Martin’s family and legal team participated in NABJ’s newsmaker plenary session entitled “Trayvon Martin: A Crime Story in the Digital Age.” Speaking for the family, Attorney Benjamin Crump said, “The family’s response and statement is that the city manager of Sanford had an internal investigation into the matter concerning Bill Lee. He concluded that investigation and made his decision. The parents of Trayvon Martin respect the decision of the city manager. They remain vigilant in getting justice for their son and the tragedy that claimed his life.
“Mr. Martin always thought that the killer of his son should have been arrested and he had to go, with Sabrina and a lot of people, to great lengths to have the killer of his son arrested. So, it is one of those things- he has always believed that (Zimmerman) should have been arrested when he killed his son.” Crump continued, “We’ve always maintained, – especially as it relates to the recent develops of the jailhouse records – credibility is the issue here. It has always been only George Zimmerman’s word and his version that Trayvon Martin attacked him. All of the objective evidence in this case: the 911 tapes, George Zimmerman’s statement himself ... that’s objective. That stuff we can hear with our own ears. The fact that he’s on the phone with his friend the same time that Zimmerman is on the phone with the 911 operator, that’s objective evidence because phone records are objective.
“It is only his credibility and his word that says Trayvon attacked him. And so to that end these recent developments are very important because the special prosecutor has sent a strong message that you have to tell the truth when you’re in the court of law.” Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton added, “It’s just nice to see so many people that support us, so many people that walk up to us just to give us a hug. Just to tell us that they support us. It does the heart good. Yes, we still are hurting. We just had to go through a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day and it hurts. It just hurts. It’s just good to know that there are good people and there are people who support us. We just want to say thank you and keep praying for us.”