Two forensic voice identification experts, unaffiliated with the Trayvon Martin case, say that the screams on the horrifying 911 tapes are probably not George Zimmerman, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Tom Owen, chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, used voice identification software to “rule out” Zimmerman. The former chief engineer for the New York Public Library’s Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, gave his expert opinion after being contacted by the Sentinel.
Owen told the newspaper that the software compared the screams to Zimmerman’s voice and returned a 48 percent match. He said he would expect a match of higher than 90 percent, considering the quality of the audio.
As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it’s not Zimmerman,” Owen told the Sentinel.
But he also said he could not confirm the voice as Trayvon’s, because he didn’t have a sample of the teen’s voice.
The Sentinel said that Ed Primeau, a Michigan-based audio engineer and forensics expert, used audio enhancement and human analysis and came to the same conclusion.
I believe that’s Trayvon Martin in the background, without a doubt,” Primeau told the newspaper. “That’s a young man screaming.”
Zimmerman, 28, told police that he was screaming for help on the night that he murdered Trayvon because the 17-year-old was repeatedly slamming his head into the concrete. He also said that he was beaten so mercilessly that he sustained a broken nose in the altercation. Trayvon’s mother, Sabryna Fulton, has unequivocally stated that she knows her son’s voice and that it’s definitely him screaming. His father, Tracy Smith, said that his son’s screams show that he feared for his life and that he “saw his death coming.”
As previously reported by Newsone, surveillance video obtained by ABC News shows Zimmerman remarkably steady on his feet for a man whose head was slammed repeatedly into the ground. There are also no signs of the broken nose that he alleged he received in the “fight.” In addition, Trayvon’s body was found face down in the grass with his hands underneath his body, according to the initial police report, with his body in the opposite direction of the concrete, severely casting doubt on the possibility that he was slamming Zimmerman’s head into the concrete at the time of his murder. This is further supported by funeral director, Richard Kurtz, who told HLN’s Nancy Grace that there were no signs of cuts or bruising on Trayvon’s hands or knuckles to indicate that there had been a life-or-death struggle at all.
Though the results of this analysis show that it’s approximately a 50/50 chance that the voice is not George Zimmerman, without a sample of Trayvon’s voice, the experts cannot say definitively that it is not.
Still, as more evidence emerges about the night of Trayvon’s murder — and it becomes clear that George Zimmerman has lied about his injuries, his motive and his life being in danger — for many people all that’s needed are the words of a grieving mother:
I believe that’s Trayvon Martin’s voice. That’s my baby’s voice. Every mother knows their child — and that’s his voice.”