Trayvon Martin’s Mom: ‘I Heard My Son Screaming’

Prosecutors played a 911 tape that captured sounds from the last moments of the Florida teenager's life

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Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool / AP

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, takes the stand during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole County circuit court.

In one of the most emotional moments of the George Zimmerman murder trial to date, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton took the stand on Friday morning,

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Appearing nervous but composed, Fulton gave prosecutors short, pointed answers. When assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda asked Fulton to identify her son, she replied: “My youngest son is Trayvon Benjamin Martin. He’s in heaven.”

After describing tattoos on her son’s body, Fulton listened to a 911 call that provided an audio recording of the last moments of her son’s life. When asked to identify the screams heard on the tape, she said the voice was her son Trayvon’s. “Who do you recognize that to be, ma’am?” De la Rionda asked. “Trayvon Benjamin Martin,” she said, her voice slightly quivering.

Identifying who was crying for help on the tape is critical in order to determine who initiated the deadly encounter. Prosecutors are trying to prove the voice is Martin’s, while the defense insists the voice is Zimmerman’s. Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled before the start of the trial that audio experts who think the voice was Martin’s voice would not be allowed to testify. Defense attorneys successfully argued that there was not enough clear audio to make that determination.

On cross-examination, defense attorneys raised the possibility that the voice might not have been Martin’s. When asked to consider that possibility, Fulton replied:  “I heard my son screaming.”

O’Mara countered, “You certainly hoped that your son would not have done anything that led to his own death.”

Fulton replied, “What I hoped for was that this never happened and that he would still be here.”

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15 comments
SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

How can the defense argue there is not enough audio on the tape to make a determination? Aren't they undermining their own case when they say the voice pleading for help is Zimmerman's voice?

sdevos68
sdevos68

Logic would dictate that of course a mother would identify their own child on an unidentified recording.  They want their child to be the innocent one.  If he were being pummeled by Barry White (or Betty White for that matter), anyone who wasn't deaf would be able to tell the difference.  But Mr. Zimmerman, from the videos I've seen, isn't a deep-voiced individual,so his screams could very well be mistaken for Trayvon's.  What I don't get, is the judge threw out the state's voice analyst witness and said that his testimony wasn't admissable in idenfitying the voices on the 911 tape, but two obviously self-interested mothers who don't have access to the software and hardware to analyze the voices were?  This is a non-story.  Thankfully it's almost over, as the state has done a fantastic job...of proving the defense's case.

ThaBrainz
ThaBrainz

"Trayvon Martin Shooting: Justified or Homicide," a must hear podcast. Learn the FACTS about this trial. On this show a six man panel dissected this trial from beginning to end, witness by witness. These were six very informed people...learn their thoughts about the EVIDENCE, witnesses and George Zimmerman. At the end of this show it was crystal clear what VERDICT should be found by the jury. Take a listen, then you DECIDE.

 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/centerstage/2013/07/06/trayvon-martin-shooting-justified-or-homicide

sdevos68
sdevos68

@ThaBrainz That's the most idiotic, senseless rhetoric I've ever listened to.  I haven't heard anyone, especially the host, who was informed.  But you are right, the verdict of ACQUITTAL is crystal clear.  Trayvon deserved to get shot for acting like a thug that night.

wethepeople!!
wethepeople!!

Wow really dude...a little kid running home in the rain after leaving the store for skittles and juice. You're of course entitled to your opinion but of course they're like butt-holes "we all have them" so on that note I really think its an open and shut case.Lets just assume Mr. Martin was this thug/gangster/thief that had just committed a burglary in that neighborhood...Zimmerman sees him and knows this, even still at that point the law does not allow him to persue/follow this guy and confront him "gun drawn" as a citizen and taxpayer of this country I pay trained officers to serve and protect me and my family. The law does not allow in any way this vigilante type of activity. If that was ok we wouldn't need "law enforcement" . I live in the burbs but let me roam my "all white" neighborhood with a gun and shoot and kill a blue-eyed, blonde haired kid there would be no questions...I'd be under the jail if not sentenced to death.

wethepeople!!
wethepeople!!

And on that note, the defense clearly solidified that this case is racially charged. Made a spectical of Mr. Martins references toward Zimmerman or "white people in general" . If you do your research you'll find that the term "cracker" was given to white people, by other white people as a name for the person that "cracked" whips on african-americans in slavery. In fact here in the south some white people even still refer to themselves as crackers and take some foolish pride in it. Do your research and just let the wheels of justice turn. SMH

Tom_Inman
Tom_Inman like.author.displayName 1 Like

And George Zimmerman's mother testified that those same sounds were from her son.  Contradicting evidence from witnesses who are clearly biased by a hoped-for result.

Would any reasoning person expect Martin's mother to say that the screams for help were from Zimmerman.  Or vice versa.  Gimme a frickin break. This is a racist show trial like the Duke lacrosse case.  I just wonder when the New Black Panthers show up.

tij
tij

Zimmerman is trained in MMA. He could have used the Kimura which is the most painful submission in MMA. It will not leave any marks on the victim's body.

Search Youtube for "Kimura MMA Fighting Techniques Howcast"

sdevos68
sdevos68

@tij How do you know he was "trained in MMA"? Just because he trained at a gym where there's a good MMA program?  Hmmm, I bought a gun from the same store as James Holmes, does that make me a killer-in-wait?  No, that's called guilt by association.

tij
tij

The screaming sounds like someone having his arm twisted by a police officer.

Search Youtube for "Ginger Vancouver Police Officer Twists Suspect's Arm"

BinkMiller
BinkMiller like.author.displayName 1 Like

When George Zimmerman's mom took the stand she said it was George who was screaming. Even the expert who analyzed the sound could not tell which person was screaming, Trayvon or George. Nothing proven here, purely subjective.

kingdiggery
kingdiggery

aaand this is why none of of you are attorneys. as legit keyboard judge/jury/executioner and by the power vested in me, OVERRULED 

mahadragon
mahadragon

Generallly, when you're pounding someone else's head into the ground you're too busy to be shouting anything unless it's words of anger/hatred towards the person you are pounding into the pavement. Now the guy who is getting pounded into the pavement, he's definitely got the energy (and the motivation) to cry for help.

Cybershocked
Cybershocked

What the defense should have said and asked her was: 

"I understand that you believe it was Trayvon's voice crying out that you heard in the 911 tape and as a mother raising him you indeed have heard him cry out in the past. Correct?  ("Yes")  However, before this tragedy, say, when Trayvon was around 12 or 13 years of age, did you ever hear him cry out in total fear and terror for his life? ("No")  And when he was 15 or 16 years of age, did you ever hear the sound of his voice crying out in fear and terror for his life? ("No")  So before this tragedy, have you ever heard your son Trayvon cry out in total fear and terror for his life before? ("No")  Thank you. No further questions. 

The jury, upon hearing this, may come to the common sense conclusion that, although a mother "generally" knows the sound of their son's voice, it may be very possible that they would not, without a doubt, know who's voice it really is that's crying out in total fear and terror for their life.

Furthermore, the defense could have made it clear that just because it sounded to some to be a younger person or a boy because it was of a higher pitch sound does not prove anything. When anyone, any human, in fact, even any animal, cries out in fear or in pain, they cry out in a higher pitch than normal voice. Everyone does. Who cries out in a low tone voice? No one! Even huge people with a low voice cry out in a much higher pitch tone. That a higher pitch sound would prove it was the younger Trayvon flies in the face of common sense and simple science and human biology! Technically, it could have been either one of them.

BinkMiller
BinkMiller

@Cybershocked the brother of Trayvon had said previously he did not know whose voice it was. Now he says it;s Trayvon. When someone screams it rarely sounds like their regular voice.  It looks like the prosecution witnesses are subjective fibbers.