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Trayvon Martin’s Mother Identifies Voice Screaming For Help As Slain Teen

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, took the stand this morning in a Seminole County courtroom to testify in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, speaking in part to the disputed voice on tape screaming for help in the moments before Martin was killed on a Sanford, Florida street.

Trayvon Martin is believed by many to have been the individual begging for help before the fatal single shot to the heart that killed the teen, but one voice expert said that scientifically, it is not possible to say for sure who was screaming. Zimmerman has since claimed he, not Martin, called for help before Martin was killed.

At one point during this morning’s testimony, defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked Sybrina Fulton if she hoped the terrified scream heard on the recording was that of her son, so as to confirm George Zimmerman as the sole aggressor in the scenario.

Fulton replied:

“I heard my son screaming … I didn’t hope for anything. I simply listened to the tape.”

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked Fulton if she was able to identify the scream on the tape, to which she said:

Yes, it’s Trayvon Benjamin Martin.

Before taking the stand, Fulton tweeted:

“I pray that God gives me strength to properly represent my Angel Trayvon. He may not be perfect but he’s mine. I plead the blood of Jesus for healing.”

Jahvaris Fulton, brother of Trayvon Martin, also took the stand to speak to whose voice was heard pleading on the tape at issue in court.

The younger Fulton admitted he was “in denial” when he initially heard the tape played:

“When we heard it in the mayor’s office I didn’t want to believe it was him. It was clouded by shock and denial and sadness. I didn’t want to believe it was him.”

Trayvon Martin’s brother also definitively identified the voice on the tape as the slain teen, saying he’d “heard him yell” in the past, but “not like that.”

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7 Responses to “Trayvon Martin’s Mother Identifies Voice Screaming For Help As Slain Teen”

  1. Chas Holman

    For the curious minded. I took the infamous 911 call (media provided by Sanford Police Dept) into the studio.

    It OBVIOUSLY would not be court admissible (they barely allowed the real ones), but this is a unique and somewhat legitimate way at taking a look at the call in question.

    I compressed it so the lows came up a bit, limited it so you can hear other low sounds without your ears bleeding when the shots ring out. I then (thanks to the wonders of digital, couldn't do this with tape) slowed it down to just over half speed but PITCHED it back up to 100%. In other words.. you can hear the call without it hurting your ears, at a speed that is easier to digest and get a sense of. The pitch however is true to source. And there has been no EQ or altering ANY of the tonalities, although there are inherent nuanced swirly artifacts from slowing anything down that radically.

    Anyway, make of it what you will.. if you want to actually HEAR (what you can) the call, I wouldn't discount taking a listen to this version. The way I have done it is almost akin to the audio version of slowing down a video tape.

    Zimmerman Martin Altercation.
    http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11548279