Brietbart.com is reporting that according to a court affidavit revealed today, the state of Florida’s case against George Zimmerman hinges in part on whether the screams for help heard on the 911 call were coming from Trayvon Martin, as well as evidence–possibly inadmissible–about what Martin told a friend on the phone.
Multiple eyewitnesses have claimed that they saw Martin on top of defendant George Zimmerman as Zimmerman was on the ground and one eyewitnesses claimed that Zimmerman was yelling for help.
Initially, Trayvon Martin’s father said that the screams heard were not from his son, but later recanted. Now, as the Orlando Sentinel reports, the state of Florida makes a number of claims in their affidavit that contradict Zimmerman’s story.
The document says Trayvon’s mother identified the screams for help heard in a 911 call as those of her son. It also reveals that investigators interviewed a "friend" of Trayvon’s who was talking to him in the leadup to the shooting.
Based on the description, it appears the friend was the girl described by Martin family attorneys as his girlfriend.
"During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening," the affidavit said. "The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why."
The decision by the prosecution to include the information about the alleged cell phone conversation between Martin and his friend is an interesting one, because that conversation might not be allowed into court. Any attempt to introduce evidence about what Trayvon saidwould liklely be ruled inadmissible under the hearsay rule, unless it fit within one of several exceptions, such as one that applies when the defendant has made a witness unavailable.