Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 28

Trayvon's dad: He saved my life. Plus: George Zimmerman's friend writes a book to defend "most hated man in America."

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Friday, Sept. 14, 10:13 a.m. EDT: Trayvon's dad: He saved my life: "I think the most heart-wrenching part is knowing that he saved my life and on that fatal day I wasn't there to save his life," Tracy Martin said in a Dr. Phil show interview this week, describing the time his 9-year-old son dragged him from the house to save him from a fire.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 10:45 a.m. EDT: In an episode set to air nationally on Friday, Dr. Phil McGraw offers counseling to Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the Orlando Sentinel reports. In a statement, McGraw said of the parents of the slain teen, "They're left with the questions about what should they or could they have done to prevent this. They're trying to make sense out of this tragic loss, and they're lost."

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 11:05 a.m. EDT: Zimmerman's friend writes book to defend "most hated man in America":  Mark Osterman, 44, the friend George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, first called for help on Feb. 26, when her husband shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has written a book about his "heartbroken and devastated" friend,  the Miami Herald reports.

Sept. 11, 9:13 a.m. EDT: Zimmerman lawyers accused of "witch hunt": After last week's announcement by George Zimmerman's defense team that they had subpoenaed Florida teen Trayvon Martin's entire school file from the Miami-Dade public school district -- including test scores, any disciplinary actions and attendance records-- Trayvon's attorney Ben Crump told Reuters, "I think certainly it is a witch hunt to try to find something to attack the character of a dead child, and it's completely irrelevant because his school records had nothing to do with him [George Zimmerman] shooting Trayvon Martin in the heart on February 26."

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