George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, is accused of second degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Both the mother of Martin and Zimmerman claim it was their son they heard screaming for help on a 911 call recording, a call that serves as a crucial piece of evidence to Zimmerman’s intentions for shooting Martin. If the jury decides the voice in the recording was indeed Zimmerman, it will support his claim that he shot the teenager in self-defense, while if it was Martin’s voice, the jury may be convinced that Zimmerman murdered the teenager. A number of defense witnesses have testified about the call on the trial’s tenth day, one of them including former war veteran John Donnelly. Donnelly claimed that he could identify the screams as Zimmerman’s due to his experience with the fog of war.
On Friday, both Zimmerman’s uncle and Martin’s brother testified along with both mothers. Each stated with certainty that the voice was that of either Martin or Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s mother said he had heard her son scream, play, and yell over the years, which is why she was certain it was him. Jorge Meza, his uncle, also said he had no doubt that it was him. Both of these testimonies contrast sharply with that of Sybrina Fulton and Jahvaris Fulton, who each claim the call was Trayvon’s. Identifying the voice is key to determining who the aggressor was that fatal night. Seven witnesses have testified so far that the voice belonged to Zimmerman, while only Martin’s brother and mother testified it was Martin. Investigators confirmed on Monday that Martin’s father said the voice on the 911 call was not his son’s.
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