The Corner

Defense Witnesses: Zimmerman Is the One Screaming on 9-1-1 Call

Several witnesses in the George Zimmerman trial have testified that screams for help captured by a call to police just as Trayvon Martin was shot and killed came from George Zimmerman.

The defense began calling witnesses on July 5 after the state rested its case, and so far seven have told the court that they hear Zimmerman’s voice screaming for help. These witnesses have included Zimmerman’s mother, who testified Friday, as well as other close friends and co-workers. 

Today, defense attorney Mark O’Mara played the recording of the 911 call between one of Zimmerman’s neighbors and the police today and asked Leanne Benjamin, a business associate of Zimmerman’s, if she recognized the voice screaming for help.

“Yes I do,” said Benjamin, “[it’s] George Zimmerman’s voice.” She explained, “I know what his voice sounds like when he gets excited or loud” because of their experience working together on political campaigns. Benjamin is close friends with Zimmerman, and she and her husband have contributed $2,500 to him since the investigation began.

Last week the prosecution brought forth witnesses who testified that the screams belong to Trayvon Martin. Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, told jurors, “I heard my son screaming.”

Earlier, an FBI audio specialist testified that the call’s quality is too poor to definitively identify who is screaming. Zimmerman told police that he was pinned down by Martin and was calling out for help, a significant part of his self-defense narrative.

Most Popular

Religion

The Catholic Church’s Rotherham

‘We are deeply saddened.” So begin the many perfunctory statements of many Catholic bishops today in response to the Pennsylvania grand-jury report detailing how priests in that state abused children and how bishops shuffled these priests around. What deeply saddens these men? The rape of children, the ... Read More
Elections

My Journey into the Heart of Obama-Trump Country

After eight years of displeasure with Barack Obama’s presidency, Carla Johnson was ready for a drastic change. The 41-year-old lab technician from Cresco, Iowa, fell for Donald Trump very early in the 2016 primary season. She loved his “take-no-[sh**]” style, his conservative stances on gun control and ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Andrew Cuomo Was Never That Great

Governor Cuomo is shouting again. It must be time for reelection. Queen Victoria complained of William Ewart Gladstone that he “speaks to Me as if I was a public meeting.” Andrew Cuomo has the opposite problem: He addresses public meetings as if trying to convince a recalcitrant octogenarian that the fire ... Read More