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911 Call Shows New Details in Trayvon Martin Case

Screams heard on an emergency call are not Zimmermans, experts say.

The screams for help in the 911 call from the night of Trayvon Martin’s shooting are not George Zimmerman’s, experts said Sunday.

Tom Owen and Ed Primeau, audio experts who analyzed the recordings for the Orlando Sentinel using two different techniques, said that they are positive the screams did not belong to Zimmerman, but have yet to determine if they belong to Martin.

Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer, said he shot Martin out of self defense after he was attacked by the 17-year-old on February 26.  He claims that immediately after the confrontation, he yelled for help and did not receive a response.

A second ambulance, suspected to be for Zimmerman, was also cancelled the night of the shooting.

Hours later, the police report filed the fatal encounter as manslaughter under the offenses section. Zimmerman was not arrested on Florida’s “stand your ground law,” which allows people to use force anywhere they feel a rational threat of death or serious injury.

Many of Martin’s supporters are claiming Zimmerman, a Hispanic man, racially profiled the black teen and disregarded a police dispatcher’s orders not to follow him. Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and an ice tea at the time of the shooting.

Trayvon’s death has generated nationwide protests where the civil rights leaders and the victim’s parents were amid those chanting for justice and Zimmerman’s immediate arrest.

Meanwhile, the Sanford Police Department has been put under the microscope for their actions after the shooting. Protesters want police Chief Bill Lee, who stepped aside last month as a provision, to be fired.

Martin's parents will ask the U.S. Justice Department on Monday to review a Florida prosecutor's interactions with police investigating the slain teen’s death.


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