Joe Oliver, a friend of George Zimmerman, who has become the subject of protests for shooting unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, said he felt Monday morning that the controversial incident did not require a trial.
Appearing on NBC’s Today with Zimmerman’s lawyer Craig Sonner, Oliver was asked by co-host Ann Curry if any part of him believed the case “should be facing a jury?”
“From what I know, no,” he said. “From what I know, the bottom line is, there was a life and death struggle in that instance, and someone was going to die.”
Oliver also expressed on ABC’s Good Morning America that Zimmerman was remorseful about the shooting, saying Zimmerman would tell the Martin family that he’s “very, very sorry.”
“This is a guy who thought he was doing the right thing at the time and it’s turned out horribly wrong,” Oliver said.
WATCH: Video from NBC, from March 26, 2012.