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‘Your Son Caused His Own Death,’ Zimmerman Lawyer Tells Trayvon’s Mom

‘Your Son Caused His Own Death,’ Zimmerman Lawyer Tells Trayvon’s Mom

George Zimmerman’s lawyer, in a new low, last week badgered Trayvon Martin’s mother to say that her son had “caused his own death.”

Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, was the first to take the stand on Friday in the ongoing trial into her son’s death that has sparked widespread questions relating to stand your ground gun laws and wider debates about endemic racism.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda played Fulton the tape of the 911 call from the night of the fatal confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin in which could be heard a man wailing in pain before being silenced by a gun shot.

“Ma’am that scream or yell, do you recognize that?” de la Rionda asked.

“Yes,” said Fulton. Asked who she thought it was, Fulton confirmed: “Trayvon Benjamin Martin.”

While the prosecution argues that the screams for help came from Martin, the defense is claiming they actually came from George Zimmerman.

This is important to their case because it would help them argue that Zimmerman, who had left his car contrary to advice, and who also outweighed Martin and was obviously armed, had killed Martin in self-defense.

Mark O’Mara, who is defending Mr. Zimmerman against a second degree murder charge for the shooting of Martin, started out by expressing his sympathies but he quickly proceeded to argue that Martin was responsible for getting himself killed.

“If it was your son, in fact, screaming as you testified, that would suggest that it was Mr. Zimmerman’s fault that led to his death… And if it was not your son screaming, if it was, in fact, George Zimmerman then you would have to accept the probability that it was Trayvon Martin that caused his own death, correct?”

Fulton refused to take the bate, saying, “I don’t understand your question. I heard my son screaming.”

O’Mara continued to push Fulton: “You certainly had to hope that was your son screaming even before you heard it, correct?”

Once again, Martin’s mother refused to engage with his hypothetical and responded: “I didn’t hope for anything. I just simply listened to the tape.”

O’Mara tried once more to break Fulton by suggesting she had a vested interest in exculpating her son: “I don’t meant to put you through this any more than necessary, but you certainly would hope your son, Trayvon Martin, did nothing that could have led to his own death, correct?”

Fulton replied, “What I hope for is that this wouldn’t have ever happened and he would still be here. That’s my hope.”

Later that day, Fulton tweeted a picture of Trayvon and his brother Jahvaris Fulton. In that tweet she wrote: “And I still have love for my two boys.”

Care2 has extensive coverage of the Trayvon Martin case. Catch up on everything to date here.

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10:11PM PST on Dec 25, 2014

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1:52AM PST on Dec 13, 2014

I'm getting a bunch of spam to this old post. seems it's always deleted when I get back, but I've re-read some of the posts... I the when questions go unanswered. So....

Linda "Robby, in the case of that woman firing into the air, regardless of SYG, do you not think her sentence ridiculously disproportionate...?"

NO, not fair by a long shot & seriously racially disproportionate!!! I FULLY believe in SYG but it needs some tweeking, for SURE.

And I have a serious prob this being a political party issue. Republitards & Dumbocrats! PLEASE give me a strong Independent party for Christmas!

5:52AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Lika, you're right- there was MUCH evidence that showed this could have been different. We will never know. Only 2 people do. One's dead & the other's llife's ruined. In the end, Trayvon was old enough & MORE than large enough to kill- age COMPLETELY irrelevant- he was not a smiling 12yr old... He could have gone to war, won MA fights, no-holds-barred, he was a wanna-be gang-banger w/a chip on his shoulder. The ONLY pertinent Q to the situation is- WlHO struck first!?!?!? I wish counselors could have gotten to him earlier to find out what made him so angry, just as I wish they could have or Georgie Z. To tell the truth, I shed tears over Rodney king, but none over this situation- EXCEPT for the after affects. What happened AFTERWARDS showed a HELL of a lot more about humanity than anything else about the situation. Somewhere in there we have to move forward. Stop condemning people for their race, sex, sexuality, etc. And LET IT GO!

8:11AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

You're confused Lika.....

I googled Trayvon and MMA training and I find no evidence of that. In fact I find many stories saying Zimmerman was training in MMA in the weeks before the shooting.


10:27PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

You know, Trayvon Martin was NOT the innocent 12 year old that gets depicted. Maybe he was minding his own business, maybe he wasn't. But, I give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he was.

Zimmerman, thinking that this may by one of the hooded thugs that had been stealing car stereos, and while he was quick to react, I can't really blame his thinking, either.

My stance is, the police were called. Zimmerman should have stayed in his van, went home, and allowed the police to take care of it. But no. Zimmerman was wanting a confrontation, and had a gun for a fist fight. Martin, a trained MMA fighter, was looking for something too. Zimmerman, in his 30's somewhere, sunk down to a hormone driven teenager level.

The whole thing could have been prevented, if Zimmerman would have acted his age, rather than his passion to strive for justice. Granted, Martin could have controlled himself better. Zimmerman could have taken the high road, too. Now we have a dead kid, and a mourning family.

9:21AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

It WAS a stand your ground case. They simply dont wish to have this stain on the law. Self defence is PART of stand your ground or it simply wouldnt exist as a law. BUT SYG has limitations to what you can do.

6:12PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Robert K..I really can't answer that question..when I saw the first footage on SBS World News Australia..there didn't appear to be any blood, etc when they showed George Zimmerman arriving at the Police Station..but then that was when they thought it was a straight forward case of SYG..after that everything just got muddied...

9:10PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Here's something that has been bothering me for some time. If Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman, and Zimmerman shot him in the heart while a few inches away, why wasn't there any fo his blood on Zimmerman';s clothes? They should have been soaked in blood.

8:41PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

I am glad I do not live in the USA

10:04PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

I tend to wonder that same thing. Because all the vidieaos I saw at the police station when he was brought in showed NO damgage to his head. So who knows. Regradless ALL of his injuries were VERY minor. he was in no danger of dying. NO ONE even the witnesses have any idea of ALL the words they exchanged. Becuase no one was paying any attetion until there was screaming.

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