Audio experts hired by the Orlando Sentinel have determined that the person screaming for help on a 911 call is not George Zimmerman.
A woman called 911 to report screaming outside her house. In the background of her call are panicked cries and the gunshot that took Trayvon Martin’s life.
Listen to the call:
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.
Owen said, “You can say with reasonable scientific certainty that itís not Zimmerman.”
He got the screams, put those together and cut out everything else. Software then compared that audio to Zimmerman’s voice. It returned a 48 percent match. Owen said to reach a positive match with audio of this quality, he’d expect higher than 90 percent.
He stressed that he cannot confirm the voice as Trayvonís, because he didnít have a sample of the teenís voice to compare.
Trayvonís mother has identified the voice is her son’s but in interviews this week Robert Zimmerman, George’s father, insisted that it was George screaming.
A witness, who had only heard but not seen the events and believed Martin was the one calling for help, has said that the police tried to get her to change her testimony to their assertion that it was Zimmerman calling for help.
This apparent contradiction with Zimmerman’s story of a violent struggle initiated by Trayvon which allegedly led him to fear for his life and left him severely wounded follows the release of surveillance video last week which appears to show him unharmed. The footage is of him at Sanford Police Station around half an hour after the shooting.
The release of the footage followed revelations that Sanford police had wanted to arrest Zimmerman but were over-ruled by the local prosecutor. Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott† replaced that prosecutor as the outrage on the shooting built earlier this month.
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