Zimmerman Speech Expert: Trayvon Martin’s Scream On 911 Call Is ‘Imaginary Stuff’
A recorded scream was at the center of an unusual Saturday court hearing in the George Zimmerman pre-trial, with speech experts differing over whether it was Trayvon Martin who could be heard in the background of a 911 call.
Earlier this week, voice forensic experts testified that the voice belongs to Martin, who would have been screaming just before Zimmerman shot him; one of the analysts claimed that Martin could be heard saying, “I’m begging you.” The identification was made by comparing the audio to other recordings of Martin’s voice.
But on Saturday, ZImmerman’s attorney called speech scientist George Doddington, who said, “That’s imaginary stuff,” and labeled the earlier experts’ methods “absurd.”
The hearing was held to determine whether the audio should be admissible when Zimmerman goes on trial for murdering Martin in early 2012. Both sides seem to think the tape redeems their case. Zimmerman’s attorney argues it is in fact his client screaming on the call, vindicating Zimmerman’s claim that he acted in self defense. Prosecutors intend to use the tape to prove Zimmerman was the aggressor.
Watch the clip here, via ABC News:
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