Monday, July 8, 2013

George Zimmerman trial day 10, July 8, 2013 sees defense call Trayvon Martin's dad to stand (videos)

On July 8, 2013, the defense called a number of witnesses to the stand in the George Zimmerman trial, including the victim's own father. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of unarmed, teenager Trayvon Martin, 17. The defense called Martin's father, Tracy Martin to the stand. The defense had questioned a number of witnesses throughout the day
Tracy Martin testifies on July 8, 2013
regarding the voice heard calling for help on a 911 call, moments before the gunshot that took Trayvon Martin's life was fired. Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O'Mara asked Martin if when he originally heard the 911 audio tapes that he believed the voice on the tapes were Zimmerman's and not his son, Trayvon.

You may watch the full videos from the George Zimmerman trial day 10, July 8, 2013, but the video directly below is solely Tracy Martin's testimony.




Tracy Martin was resolute in his position. He stated that he was not sure whose voice he heard when he first listened to the tape, but as time went on and he continued to listening it, he knew that it was his son Trayvon Martin crying for help.

Tracy Martin may have stated one of the most powerful statements the jury has heard throughout this trial. He said, "Basically what I was listening to, I was listening to my son’s last cries for help. I was listening to his life being taken."

As so much of the trial has focused on who was screaming for help during the 911
call, it is possible that Tracy Martin's resoluteness will resound with the jury.

Other witnesses who testified on July 8, 2013 include the following: Sandra and Mark Osterman, Geri Russo, Leanne Benjamin, John Donnelly, Doris Singleton, Chris Serino, Bill Lee and Adam Pollock.

Judge Debra Nelson ruled that Trayvon Martin's toxicology results that showed traces of THC in his system would be allowed into evidence. Though the defense will use the information to show that Zimmerman correctly profiled Martin as appearing to be on drugs, the state would have the opportunity to cross-examiner any experts the defense presents and introduce their own witness testimony.


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