The Trayvon Martin trial entered its third week today.
On Friday, the mothers of both Martin and George Zimmerman testified that the screams heard on 911 calls from the day Martin died were there sons'. Today it was Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, who spoke on the stand.
Tracy Martin spoke against the testimony of two Sanford, Florida police officers who said Martin could not identify the screams on the 911 recording as his son's. Martin first heard the recording two days after his son’s death. He told jurors today that the trauma of his son’s death was too much for him to handle when he first heard the recordings.
“I shook my head and said I can’t tell. I never said that no, it was not my sons voice,” Martin said.
“I was listening to my son's last cry for help. I was listening to his life being taken. I was coming to grips with Trayvon was here no more. It was tough … After listening to the tape for, maybe 20 times, I said I knew it was Trayvon’s voice,” he added.
Earlier in the day, a group of Zimmerman's friends took the stand and told prosecutors that the voice screaming on the tape was Zimmerman’s.
“It sounded like George,” said Mark Osterman, one of Zimmerman’s good friends.
Geri Russo, a previous coworker of Zimmerman’s, said “I recognize his voice. I’ve heard him speak many times. I have no doubt in my mind that’s his voice.”
“I know his voice,” a third friend named Leanne Benjamin said. “I know what his voice sounds like when it gets excited.”
But lead investigator Chris Serino brought some crucial information to the trial recently as well. Serino testified that Zimmerman himself said the screams heard on the tape did not sound like him. When asked about the screams, Zimmerman told Serino “that doesn’t even sound like me.”
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree murder. He claims he was acting out of self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, and that he should be acquitted under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. If convicted, Zimmerman could spend the rest of his life in prison.
The trial will resume on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern time.