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The identity of the person screaming on the 911 tape could determine the outcome of the trial.
On Monday, Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone, an FBI voice expert, testified at the George Zimmerman murder trial that it’s not possible to scientifically identify who is screaming in the background on the tape of a neighbor’s 911 call placed to dispatchers the night of the fatal confrontation between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. But he also said that someone who is familiar with either of their voices might have a better chance of identifying which of them is screaming.
If so, George Zimmerman knows who is screaming on the tape, George Zimmerman’s father knows who is screaming on the tape, Trayvon Martin’s mother knows who is screaming on the tape, and Trayvon Martin’s father knows who is screaming on the tape. Who is screaming on the tape is important; because it could give the jury insight on who was really the aggressor.
Let’s examine the possibility that it was George Zimmerman who was screaming.
Armed and alone while driving to a grocery store, he spotted a man in a hoodie wandering through his townhouse complex. There had been a recent spate of break-ins, and being a part of the neighborhood watch, he naturally became suspicious and decided to call 911.
Although he was in his own neighborhood, and a part of the neighborhood watch, he apparently wasn’t very familiar with it. According to the testimony of Sanford Police Officer Doris Singleton, Zimmerman told her he had to get out of his truck to look for a street name he could relay to the dispatcher.
However, when talking to the 911 dispatcher, Zimmerman calmly gave him directions to where he wanted the police officers to meet him.
Dispatcher: Alright George we do have them on the way, do you want to meet with the
officer when they get out there?
Dispatcher: Alright, where you going to meet with them at?
Zimmerman: If they come in through the gate, tell them to go straight past the
club house, and uh, straight past the club house and make a left, and then they
go past the mailboxes, that’s my truck…
In fact, the 911 tape reveals a very calm George Zimmerman. At no point during the call did he convey to the dispatcher that he was in fear of the person in the hoodie.
Zimmerman: No you go in straight through the entrance and then you make a left…uh
you go straight in, don’t turn, and make a left. Sh-t he’s running.
Dispatcher: He’s running? Which way is he running?
Zimmerman: Down towards the other entrance to the neighborhood.
Dispatcher: Which entrance is that that he’s heading towards?
Zimmerman: The back entrance…(f-word) [unintelligible, some say he said f-word coons]
Dispatcher: Are you following him?
Dispatcher: Ok, we don’t need you to do that.
Did Trayvon Martin, unarmed and talking on the phone to Rachel Jeantel, double back and attack George Zimmerman or did George Zimmerman, armed and familiar with his neighborhood, continue to follow and confront Trayvon Martin? We don’t know.
But what if it happened as Zimmerman claims? That Trayvon Martin jumped him as he was returning to his truck; beat him up, broke his nose, and banged his head on the sidewalk, wouldn’t that make George Zimmerman scream? Wouldn’t that make him fear for his life, and evoke anguished calls for help? Wouldn’t that make him the victim?
Many would say yes, yes it would. But just as many, would doubt that it really happened that way.