Miami, (EFE) – The family of George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman who killed African American teenager Trayvon Martin, considered having him star in a reality show that would make them "the new Kardashians," his brother Robert said in an interview in the October issue of GQ magazine.
After George was declared not guilty of second-degree murder in 2013, the family sought options to profit from his fame, Robert Zimmerman said.
A first idea from Robert and his mother, Peruvian-born Gladys, was to make George the face of a home security company named Z Security Products.
Next came the plan to make George a TV star following in the footsteps of John Walsh, whose son Adam was murdered in 1981 and who became the investigator for FOX's "America's Most Wanted" series.
Another role model considered was the Kardashian family.
"I learned a lot watching 'Keeping up with the Kardashians,'" Robert said, noting the success of television shows that expose a family's dirty laundry.
The plan, however, collapsed because of George's reluctance to improve his public image, as he remains angry toward journalists over their coverage of his case.
On the night of Feb. 26, 2012, George Zimmerman confronted Martin, 17, on a street in Sanford, Florida, and fatally shot the high school student.
In July 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder on grounds he had acted in self-defense. The case reignited debates about gun control and race relations in the United States.
Since the trial, George Zimmerman has had several brushes with law enforcement. He was arrested last November on domestic violence charges after then-girlfriend Samantha Shiebe accused him of threatening her with a gun