Trayvon Martin’s Mother: Screams Were My Son’s

By: David Powell - July 5, 2013

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, has testified in court in the case against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is accused of the February 26, 2012 shooting of Martin after having called 911 to report a suspicious figure in his gated community (Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, had made similar calls several times over the previous six months).

When asked by Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda whether she had any children, Fulton replied, “My youngest son is Trayvon Benjamin Martin. He’s in heaven.”

After describing her son’s tattoos—one of which had the names of his grandmother and great-grandmother, the other Fulton’s name—De la Rionda played an audio recording of a 911 call placed by a neighbor who witnessed Zimmerman and Martin’s struggle. The recording featured screams that Fulton testified to be her son’s, followed by a gunshot.

On cross-examination, defense attorney Mark O’Mara suggested that Fulton wanted the screams to be those of her son rather than Zimmerman, a claim Fulton rejected.

Martin’s brother, Jaharvis Fulton, also took the stand, claiming that the voice was Trayvon’s. This testimony forced Jaharvis to recant a previous report that he wasn’t sure whose voice it was. “How do I explain?” he said, “I guess I didn’t want to believe it was him. . . . I guess listening to it was clouded by shock and denial and sadness.”

Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, had previously told authorities that the voice in the recording was not Trayvon’s.

An FBI audio expert testified that technology couldn’t definitively clarify whose voice it was, but a close relative may be able to tell. Even so, he warned, bias on the part of the listener could influence what that individual heard.

Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder. The case has aroused racial tensions nationwide, as Martin was African-American and Zimmerman’s willingness to pursue Martin has been suggested to have been racially motivated. The Martin incident was the fifth time in seven months that Zimmerman had called 911 to report a suspicious person in his community. In all five instances, the person Zimmerman identified as suspcious was an African-American male.

If convicted, Zimmerman could face 25 years to life in prison.

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  • Anon

    If this is all the evidence against Zimm, the prosecution is in some serious trouble. The defense starts their side of the story on Monday.

  • Apollo Dogg

    The prosecution is inexperienced in this sort of case, because rational government attorneys do not typically charge a victim who was almost murdered.

    Putting together the transcript of Zimmerman’s call, the eyewitness account and a map of the area, one can conclude a number of things. Zimmerman lost sight of Martin for a few minutes. Martin’s temporary residence was about 100’ away. If Martin wanted to flee, he could have gone home without further contact. Instead, Martin confronted Zimmerman while Zimmerman was returning to his vehicle. Martin led with a ‘king hit’ to the face, which broke Zimmerman’s nose and knocked him to the ground. Martin then straddled Zimmerman, repeatedly striking him and slamming Zimmerman’s head on the concrete walkway for up to a minute. Zimmerman showed remarkable restraint in waiting that long before drawing his pistol and only firing one shot. A law officer in that position would have used his weapon much sooner and would likely have emptied his magazine into his or her attacker. And it makes no difference that the attacker is ‘unarmed’. Head trauma can kill.

    It seems likely that Zimmerman was so disoriented by the sudden attack that he forgot he was armed. No premeditation, no evil intent – rather it was justifiable self defense.

    • http://Yahoo yahoo Mail

      The only reasonable conclusions that can be made from Zimmerman’s repeated phone calls to law enforcement, concerning his idea of “PEOPLE UP TO NO GOOD”, is that he has always been overzealous in his pursuit of ‘potential’ criminals. Zimmerman has had two third degree felonies which were pleaded out and/or made to ‘disappear’ due to his father being a court judge. He also had a domestic violence case brought against him from a prior fiance. Zimmerman should not have been able to carry a weapon at all,concealed or otherwise, due to his prior arrests, but his dad was a judge. The teenager, Trayvon, does not have any criminal felonies or arrests. He was suspended from school for suspicion of graffiti, and a baggie with marijuana residue was found in his bookbag. The stories concerning stolen jewelry and “tools” found in his bag has been shown to be lies. According to the school officials, who searched his bag, these items were not found. This lie was made up by the prosecution to besmirch the young man’s character. Similar to the fact that there were a couple witnesses who saw snippets of the fight where Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman, there were also witnesses who saw snippets of the fight where Zimmerman was on top of Trayvon. Zimmerman admitted that he thought Trayvon was an older individual; around his age. Zimmerman was looking to portray some police ‘action’ due to the prior apartment complex burglaries.
      Trayvon feared for his safety, as witnessed by the testimony of his friend, Rachael Jeantel, who was on the phone with him when Zimmerman accosted the teen. This witness HEARD Zimmerman accosting the teenager, so Zimmerman cannot truthfully say that he did not pursue and catch up to Trayvon. Zimmerman did not walk back to his truck. He hunted Trayvon, picked a fight, started to loose the fight, panicked, and shot to kill.

      Isn’t it strange that the screaming automatically STOPPED when the single bullet entered Trayvon?

      Isn’t it weird that Zimmerman said the teen sat up after being shot in the heart (which damaged his lung), and said: “gosh, you got me” yet the teen was found face down in the grass?

      Isn’t it confusing that Zimmerman said he had spreaded out Trayvon’s hands after killing him, yet the teen was found face down with his hands tucked under him?

      Isn’t it suspicious that Zimmerman could describe Trayvon’s complexion/race on that dark and rainy night; holding “something in his hands” yet jump to the conclusion that it may have been a weapon or tool for a burglery, when in fact it was Skittles and iced tea?

      Isn’t it a shame that Zimmerman’s hands/fingers were not scraped and his clothing not taken for evidence, as was the victim; Trayvon?

      Appollo Dogg; can you address each and every one of these oddities concerning your buddy Zimmerman? You simply made up your own scenario concerning that awful night, but
      THE FACTS spell G.U.I.L.T

      • UM guy

        Interesting that you call Martin by his first name but refer to Zimmerman by his last name. I don’t think you are looking at the facts objectively. You’ve already made your decision with bias.