The Sanford Police were accused, without evidence, of doing a lack-luster investigation of the shooting on February 26, 2012. Chief Bill Lee, was telling the family of deceased teenager, Trayvon Martin and the media that the shooter, George Zimmerman, immediately claimed self-defense and while an ongoing investigation was in full-force, the police had not made an arrest yet because they could not refute the self-defense claim.
Yesterday we learned the State of Florida is still investigating the case and trying to refute the self-defense claim. They did decide to make an arrest on April 11, 2012 (note the police didn’t arrest) and prosecute a 2nd degree murder charge. Although, the deadline for adding witnesses has passed, the State notified the Defense in their 16th Discovery they commissioned reports from “experts” to identify the screaming caught on tape and may be using these experts and reports at trial in June.
Attempted Speaker Identification
The report is dated March 20th and was prepared by James Harnsberger, PH.D, and Harry Hollien, PH.D. They note that the 911 call had “minimum-to-marginal material for identification purposes”, but they did pick out 6 of the screams for comparison purposes. It was revealed that the State does have samples of Trayvon’s voice. It was taken from video off his cell phone. I question why the Defense was forced to subpoena the family for voice samples. That the experts didn’t use samples provided by the family, leaves me to believe the family/friends didn’t/wouldn’t provide the samples. The experts admit to cherry-picking examples of Trayvon’s voice that could be similar to a high stress situation. On Page 4/17 we learn “For Martin, several of his high frequency laughs, exclamations, and mocking utterances were employed.” The result was inconclusive. They think there is a pretty good chance the first 2 screams are from Trayvon and they are pretty sure the screams before the shot are George Zimmerman. They wanted to do more to get a more reliable result but did not receive the support for it.
In reading this man’s report, I thought I was reading the supporters for Trayvon Martin that I talk to online. It was bizarre. Mr. Reich hears things in the tapes that no one else has. “For example, approximately one second after the start of CALL3, Mr. Zimmerman makes a seemingly religious proclamation, “These shall be.” His speech is characterized by the low pitch and exaggerated pitch contour reminiscent of an evangelical preacher or carnival barker.” It appears that Mr. Reich also had be given a sample of Trayvon’s voice to compare.
He did however, already arrive at the decision it was Trayvon’s voice one year ago when the Washington Post hired him for an opinion. He didn’t even need a sample of Trayvon’s voice to do it. See his opinion here. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trayvon-martin-case-911-call-two-experts-reach-two-much-different-conclusions/2012/05/19/gIQAtuapbU_story.html
I read a number of reporters who were talking to Mr. O’Mara yesterday and tweeted that this addition of experts to the list may be grounds to convince the Judge for that much needed continuance. We may see a motion for that in the days to come.
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