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.
Speaking to Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC on Friday, a former Florida homicide prosecutor, Ken Padowitz, insisted that the surveillance video showing Zimmerman handcuffed on arrival at the police station meant that he must have been arrested. Thus, at some later point at the station he must have been ‘un-arrested.’
He was in handcuffs and you know what that means – that he was placed under arrest at the scene. You can’t be un-arrested in Florida! They had to have known they had probable cause at the scene. They had to have known that then the proper procedure was to then book him into the jail.
Someone at that police department made a decision to not go through normal procedure, to not book him into the jail, to not fill out a probable cause affidavit.
It’s clear there is some kind of incompetence going on at this police department.
Under the Florida State Rules of Criminal Procedure, according to Padowitz, Zimmerman must be charged within 175 days or he will be “forever barred from being charged with a crime in this case.”
Former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said, “Mr. Zimmerman has made the statement of self defense. Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him.”
The Booman Tribune pulls together known witness testimony and other evidence to try to establish what happened and where there are holes.
At some point, it was decided to concoct a cover story, which involved Officer Timothy Smith fabricating evidence about Zimmerman bleeding from the nose and head and having grass all over his back. Most likely, he never received any medical attention from the fire department at all … the evidence does not support the story that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman, punched him in the face, broke his nose, or slammed his head into the walkway repeatedly. About the only thing left to argue is that Trayvon went for his gun.
But that doesn’t explain an apparently fabricated story that was filed by an officer at the scene.
Jeff Triplett, the mayor of Sanford, said Friday that he had to overrule police and prosecutors who opposed the release of the 911 tapes.
Marchers again gathered in Sanford on Saturday.† Their main chant was: “We want an arrest. Shot in the chest.”
A gun rights group, Legal Boom, said Friday that they were setting up a legal defense fund for Zimmerman – because they see ‘a potential threat to gun rights.’
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