In yet another effort to stall the process of putting self-proclaimed neighborhood watchdog George Zimmerman behind bars for senslessly murdering 17-year-old unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin last February in what Zimmerman claims was “self-defense,” Zimmerman’s defense team has yet again come up with another basis for challenging the contents of the infamous 9-11 call made by a neighbor during Zimmerman’s fatal altercation with Trayvon that led to his untimely death.
via Orlando Sentinel
Attorneys for murder suspect George Zimmerman are challenging the scientific validity of state voice recognition experts.
In a new motion, defense attorney Mark O’Mara wrote that those unnamed experts may be using phony science, so the judge should hold a hearing, listen to evidence about how they did their work then decide whether to allow them to testify at Zimmerman’s trial.
The motion, filed Friday but made public today, is almost certainly related to a much-played 911 recording made Feb. 26, 2012, the night Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17 year old in Sanford.
A neighbor had called police to report a fight outside. During her call, a voice in the background can be heard crying for help then 40 seconds later, there’s a loud bang – the gunshot – and the crying stops.
That piece of evidence will be one of the most important at Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, slated to begin in Sanford June 10.
Zimmerman told police he was the one screaming for help, that Trayvon had punched him, breaking his nose and knocking him to the ground, then climbed on top and began hammering his head on a sidewalk.
Trayvon’s parents say the screams were from their son, although, his father initially told Sanford police they were not.
Family attorney Benjamin Crump told reporters that Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, changed his opinion after listening to a cleaned up version of the recording, but prosecutors last week told Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson that they knew of no cleaned up version.
O’Mara’s motion does not identify which experts he’s challenging, but two audio experts analyzed the voice on the tape last year for the Orlando Sentinel, and both concluded it was not Zimmerman.
Trayvon Martin’s family deserves justice and regardless of what type of prolonging antics this defense tries to come up with to stall the process, the truth will come to light.