The panicked cries for help caught on a 911 call the night Trayvon Martin was killed were not coming from shooter George Zimmerman, forensic experts say.
Two leading forensic voice identification experts who listened to a 911 call from a neighbor at the Sanford, Fla., gated community where Martin was gunned down told the Orlando Sentinel that the screams didn’t match Zimmerman’s voice.
Using sophisticated voice match software, Tom Owen, forensic consultant for Owen Forensic Services LLC and chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, told the Sentinel that there was only a 48% chance that it was Zimmerman crying for help on the tape.
Usually, a positive match rates higher than 90%.
“As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it’s not Zimmerman,” Owen said.
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Owen, the former chief engineer for the New York Public Library’s Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, also said he couldn’t be sure that the voice was Martin’s because he didn’t have a sample of the teen’s voice.
But a second audio sleuth said he heard the teen screaming for his life.
“I believe that’s Trayvon Martin in the background, without a doubt,” Ed Primeau, an audio engineer and forensics expert from Michigan, told the Sentinel.
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Primeau didn’t use Owen’s CSI-style voice analysis software, but instead relied on audio enhancement and his own well-trained ear to compare the screams to Zimmerman’s voice on a 911 call he made shortly before the killing.
“That’s a young man screaming,” Primeau said.
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The experts’ analyses were the latest blow to claims from Zimmerman’s camp that he shot Trayvon in self-defense during a life-and-death struggle on Feb. 26.
Last week, a Miami funeral director said Marin’s body showed no signs of a brawl, and EMS documents obtained by the Daily News suggested the 28-year-old insurance agent didn’t sustain any injuries either in the alleged dust-up.
Zimmerman’s friends have said that the volunteer watchman suffered a broken nose and wounds on the back of his head during a fight with Trayvon.
But police station video shot shortly after the killing appeared to show Zimmerman without any bruises, cuts or blood stains on his clothes.
Zimmerman has not been arrested and has gone into hiding.
On Saturday, thousands of people marched through Sanford to protest his freedom.