FBI Expert Can't ID Screams on Trayvon 911 Tape
Jury hears tape of cops grilling Zimmerman
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2013 2:17 PM CDT
George Zimmerman listens to state witness Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone, a senior voice recognition scientist with the FBI, during his trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., July 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

(Newser) – Good news for George Zimmerman? An FBI audio expert testified today that, on 911 audio from the night Trayvon Martin died, it's impossible to tell whether the screams heard in the background came from Trayvon or Zimmerman. According to Hirotaka Nakasone, there's not enough usable sound to identify the voice or even the age of the person screaming. Pressed by a prosecutor, however, Nakasone said that if someone was very familiar with a voice, he or she might be able to correctly identify it. He took the stand in advance of Trayvon's mother's testimony—she's expected to testify that the voice is Trayvon's, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Meanwhile, prosecutors played a tape of the interview police had with Zimmerman just after the murder, reports the New York Post. Some highlights:

  • After Zimmerman lost sight of Trayvon, "He jumped out of the bushes and he said ‘What the f--k is your problem, homie?' And I got my cell phone out to call 911 this time, and I said, 'I don't have a problem.' And he goes, 'No, now you have a problem,' and he punched me in the nose."
  • "I tried to defend myself. He just started punching me in the face, and I started screaming for help. I couldn't see. I couldn’t breathe. He puts his hand on my nose and mouth, and he says, 'You are going to die tonight.'"
  • Zimmerman says that as Trayvon was banging his head into the concrete, "I just pulled out my firearm and shot him." Zimmerman says Trayvon fell back, saying, "Alright, you got it, you got it."

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Jul 1, 2013 7:47 PM CDT
We can argue the shot or the screams all we want, Truth be told even if mom identifies it as TM there are doubts, hell if she said it wasnt TM there would be doubts. Lets say for sake of argument it was Zims... who cares if it was if ZIMS was the one who started the fight, starting a fight with the kid knowing all along he himself had the gun? If ZIMS started that fight I don't care if it was him screaming or not, if TM started the fight and was screaming for help in the middle of it while smashing Zims head I don't care... I care about who started the fight. Screams or no screams the bullet most likely entered while TM was hunched over top of Zims. What matters the most is who started it. I have my "gut" opinion that Zims started it but, there just isn't yet any real proof that he did or didn't..... I wish there was.
Jul 1, 2013 7:39 PM CDT
Most police departments use "sputnik" recording technology from the '60's so what do you expect. Police departments have gotten the short end of the stick for many years and have to beg and borrow money just to get by.
Jul 1, 2013 4:44 PM CDT
For what it's worth, my wife (who besides being a gorgeous redhead, has an extensive background in interrogation and has given seminars in how to detect deception in suspects) has been watching the trial closely and believes that Zimmerman is actually telling the truth about 99% of the events he has described during police questioning EXCEPT when it comes to the part about Martin going for his gun. Now I defy anybody in this dump to construct a longer run-on sentence.