George Zimmerman’s lawyer, in a new low, last week badgered Trayvon Martin’s mother to say that her son had “caused his own death.”
Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, was the first to take the stand on Friday in the ongoing trial into her son’s death that has sparked widespread questions relating to stand your ground gun laws and wider debates about endemic racism.
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda played Fulton the tape of the 911 call from the night of the fatal confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin in which could be heard a man wailing in pain before being silenced by a gun shot.
“Ma’am that scream or yell, do you recognize that?” de la Rionda asked.
“Yes,” said Fulton. Asked who she thought it was, Fulton confirmed: “Trayvon Benjamin Martin.”
While the prosecution argues that the screams for help came from Martin, the defense is claiming they actually came from George Zimmerman.
This is important to their case because it would help them argue that Zimmerman, who had left his car contrary to advice, and who also outweighed Martin and was obviously armed, had killed Martin in self-defense.