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Voice Experts Weigh-In On 911 Phone Calls In Zimmerman Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

By MIKE SCHNEIDER

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- An expert hired by an Orlando newspaper is testifying that screams for help on 911 calls don't match neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman's voice.

Tom Owen testified Friday at a hearing on whether voice identification experts can be used at Zimmerman's second-degree trial for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The trial starts Monday and Zimmerman is pleading not guilty.

Owen was hired by the Orlando Sentinel last year to compare Zimmerman's voice with screams for help captured on 911 calls made by neighbors. He says Zimmerman's voice don't match the screams.

An FBI expert testified a day earlier that there wasn't enough clear sound on the 911 recordings to determine whose voice it was. He also said the concept that individuals have unique voice-prints that could identify them was misleading.


Associated Press Release

By MIKE SCHNEIDER

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- For a second day in a row, a Florida judge is weighing whether to allow certain voice experts to testify at George Zimmerman's trial.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson is listening Friday to testimony from voice experts about whether witnesses with expertise in speech identification should be allowed to testify when Zimmerman's trial starts next week.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a struggle in a gated community where he lived. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

Neighbors called 911 during the fight and cries for help can be heard on the recordings, which will be important pieces of evidence.

Martin's family claim the cries came from the teen while Zimmerman's father has testified they were those of his son.


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