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.”
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