On today’s Powertalk with Lorraine Jacques White, we discussed the critical piece of evidence in the Trayvon Martin trial that was introduced to the court yesterday– A neighbor’s 911 call. 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was found to be suspicious by George Zimmerman, a volunteer for the neighboorhood watch, as he was walking back to his house from a local convenience store. Zimmerman approached him and claims the teen attacked him. Around this time a neighbor became concerned because she heard a fight outside of her house. She called 911, and during the call a cry for help is heard, shortly followed by a gunshot.
Was it George Zimmerman screaming for help or Trayvon Martin yelling his last words? This was the latest debate in the courtroom on the Trayvon Martin case. Two investigators, Chris Serino and Doris Singleton took the stand yesterday, both of whom sat with Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, as he listened to that critical 911 call. Serino stated that after hearing the call, “[Martin] looked away and under his breath, as I interpreted, he said ‘no.'” Singleton also backed this claim saying, “I don’t know his exact words, but he was telling Chris it was not his son’s voice.” She also stated, “He was very sad… He hung his head, he cried.” Prosecutor, Bernie de la Rionda, however spun this differently, suggesting maybe Martin was in denial of his son’s death and that is why he uttered “no.”
With Zimmerman claiming the ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law, it all comes down to if he was under the impression that Trayvon was going to beat him to death. That is why the voice yelling for help in the 911 is so pivotal.
What do you think? Is it George Zimmerman’s voice screaming for help as his life was threatened by the teen’s beating? Or was it Trayvon’s voice crying out, terrified by the threat of a gun?
LISTEN TO THE 911 CALL FOR YOURSELF:
ALSO CHRIS SERINO’S TESTIMONY: