The defense in the second-degree murder trial of Zimmerman called Tracy Martin to the stand Monday after two Sanford police officers testified that the father had said the screams heard in the background of the 911 call were not his son’s.
“I didn’t tell him it wasn’t Trayvon,” Tracy Martin testified. He said he pushed away his chair, which was on wheels, bowed his head and said, “I can’t tell” after police played the tape and questioned him days after Zimmerman fatally shot the unarmed Trayvon Martin during a confrontation.
First, let’s hear from the law enforcement officials. Two officers in particular, who in fact had testified for and on behalf of the prosecution, now being questioned by the defense.
In the days after the shooting, Serino said, he met with Tracy Martin. The officer told defense attorney Mark O’Mara that he played the 911 recording on a computer for the father.
Serino said he asked Tracy Martin if the voice on the recording was his son’s. The answer was no, Serino said.
Officer Doris Singleton, who also testified earlier in the case and was present at the interview, said Monday that Martin appeared very upset.
Singleton testified she had no doubt that Martin had indicated that it was not his son’s voice on the recording. The officer gave a different version of events than Serino, but corroborated the main point that Martin told Serino “that it was not his son,” Singleton testified.
In a simple declaration we choose to make we find it odd that during most of the times volunteer neighborhood watch people, normally the residents of such community are ostensibly nice and cordial predicated upon the notion that these folks are providing a service — and that service for free.
Not until today has either side placed anyone in the witness box that freely had good measures to let the jury know about. That was until just before the defense rested, when they called a young mother who lived in the gated community where Zimmerman shot Martin told jurors Wednesday the neighborhood watch volunteer helped comfort her after a home invasion by two young men left her frightened.
However, we need to meet “Joe” the Mannequin. The mannequin was initially introduced by prosecutor John Guy during cross-examination of defense witness Dennis Root, a former “law enforcement officer who testified as an expert on defensive use of force.”
After asking if he [Mark O’Mara] could use the mannequin “How about this?” asked O’Mara, continuing to bash the life-sized dummy against the floor, but placing its arm against his shoulder, as if it were resisting. “How about someone resisting the attack? Could that have come from if someone was resisting me pushing down like this?”
Root responded, “I believe so.” Earlier in his testimony, Root described how Zimmerman would be no match for the 17-year-old Martin in a fight. “Mr. Martin was a physically active and capable person,” said Root, who probed both Martin’s and Zimmerman’s physical conditioning and fighting prowess on behalf of the defense team. “Mr. Zimmerman is an individual who is by no stretch of the imagination an athlete, and … he would find himself lacking when compared to Mr. Martin.”
Root’s testimony jibed with prior defense witnesses who have testified that the neighborhood watch volunteer was overweight, in poor shape and not good with his fists. Root said screams heard on a 911 call, which the defense claims are Zimmerman, show “a high level of stress, a high level of fear.”
What we have tried to do was at random pick a point during the trial and to assist the viewer(s) with what various people had to say, that the mainstream media did not openly report on. Our list includes the parents of the deceased and their initial reactions to the 911 tape recording.
Furthermore, we intently read about Mr. Root, a former officer in law enforcement that specialized as an expert on defensive use of force who clearly substantiated that Zimmerman’s injuries to the back of his head could have been caused by a head pummeling.
Finally many individuals were asked about Zimmerman’s lack of physical training and his weak fists and that he was no match for Trayvon Martin.
However, for us the statement that was until just before the defense rested, when they called a young mother who lived in the gated community where Zimmerman shot Martin told jurors Wednesday the neighborhood watch volunteer helped comfort her after a home invasion by two young men left her frightened.
Furthermore for us, this case should never have been brought to a courtroom.