Trayvon Martin Shouts For Help? Does Blood-Curdling Scream In 911 Recording Belong To George Zimmerman Or Dead Teen? Experts Debate [AUDIO & REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on May 15, 2013 12:07 PM EDT

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Trayvon Martin shouts were heard in a recorded 911 call. George Zimmerman, defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, is sworn in for testimony in Seminole circuit court during a pre-trial hearing in Sanford. (Photo: Reuters)

Did a 911 call recording capture Trayvon Martin's shouts for help? This week, the pre-trial hearing of George Zimmerman returns to the matter of the 911 call that took place during Trayvon Martin's shooting death. A woman called authorities from her home when she heard the escalating conflict that took place outside. The prosecution has hired two audio experts to determine whether the cries for help belonged to the dead 17-year-old or if the shouts came from Zimmerman.

On the night of February 26, 2012, African American 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking down the street of a gated community in Sanford, Florida where he was temporarily staying. 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, deemed Martin's presence suspicious. Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin with a shot in the chest.

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Zimmerman claimed Martin looked like he was "up to no good, or he's on drugs or something."

According to the police report, there was no evidence that Trayvon Martin was engaged in any criminal activity.

According to the Associated Press, the two audio experts on the trial delivered two different reports regarding the audio analysis of the 911 call. One expert determined the shouts came from Trayvon Martin. However, the other expert determined the shouts were a mixture of both Zimmerman and Martin. Amid the 911 recording analysis, Zimmerman's defense lawyer claimed the audio could prejudice jurors and is not valid evidence for the trial.

"Counsel has significant and legitimate concerns that such evidence will confuse the issues for this jury to decide, and it may well mislead the jury in this area of inquiry," Mark O'Mara said in the filing.

George Zimmerman is charged for second-degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin.

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