Experts Say George Zimmerman wasn’t screaming for help

George Zimmerman claims he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self- defense, though Zimmerman outweighed Martin by over 60 pounds and though his gun outarmed Martin’s pack of skittles. Part of Zimmerman’s dubious defense claim is that he was the one whose screams for help can be heard on the 911 calls made by concerned neighbors. But experts say this is not the case.  The Orlando Sentinel’s Jeff Weiner, has the story:

As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains: Who was heard crying for help on a 911 call in the moments before the teen was shot? A leading expert in the field of forensic voice identification sought to answer that question by analyzing the recordings for the Orlando Sentinel. His result: It was not George Zimmerman who called for help.

Tom Owen, forensic consultant for Owen Forensic Services LLC and chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, used voice identification software to rule out Zimmerman. Another expert contacted by the Sentinel, utilizing different techniques, came to the same conclusion.

Zimmerman claims self-defense in the shooting and told police he was the one screaming for help. But these experts say the evidence tells a different story. [read the rest of the story here]

It’s no surprise that Zimmerman wasn’t screaming and  Martin’s parents have maintained that it was their son Trayvon’s voice screaming for help during his last minutes alive. Luckily, this is one of the pieces of evidence that couldn’t be tainted by police ineptitude (at best) or coverup.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    This morning they were playing the 911 tapes on the 5 AM news, Zimmerman’s (where he’s specifically told to stop following Trayvon by the operator) and the woman who called from inside her house—you can hear the terror in the voice of whoever’s yelling–most likely Trayvon. It sounds like “Help” and possibly the word “No”—incredibly chilling.