July 5th, 2013
08:47 AM ET

Trayvon Martin's Mother on the Stand

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case in the George Zimmerman trial today.

The mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, could take the witness stand in what is expected to be the most emotional day in the trial.

Fulton may be speaking about screams heard on the 911 tapes to determine whether her son is the one crying out for help.

CNN's George Howell
is live in Sanford, Florida covering the trial.

“That is exactly what prosecutors are banking on,” Howell says.

"Who would better know their child's cries for help, better than a mother? They hope that resonates with the jury of six women, five of them, mothers.”

Judge Deborah Nelson had ruled out forensic testimony from voice recording experts to determine the answer. “But left the door open for someone more familiar with the person's voice to identify it,” Howell says.

A mother could be that someone.

“Analysts say the defense may choose not to cross examine," Howell reports, "instead it's likely they'll call on George Zimmerman's father to counter testify.”

Ultimately the jury of 6 women will have to decide.

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  1. Ann

    Responding to the comment made July 6,2013 @9:21pm. Good analysis, just because GZ tutored black children doesn't mean he's not racist. I especially like the part re: the puppies and dogs. Great analysis!!!! If GZ had kept his butt in his car/truck, Travon would be alive. He was directed to not follow this young man. At the end of the day, that's all that matter, he wanted to prove a point and he did. His disobeyed an order from his superior and did what he wanted to do. As for as who on top or bottom, if someone was following me and I caught up with them I would have fought back as well. Travon was unarmed. GZ should be trained on how to de-esculate an altercation. It's clear that he's a hot head wanna be tough guy. Justice for Trayvon would be that GZ go to jail and serve his time like anyone else wouold.

    July 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  2. fox c burchfield

    I've heard the phrase, "Who is the real George Zimmerman." He has been telling you all the time who he is. The one thing he has constantly made reference to is his wife. How many times has George Zimmerman said, "My wife?" Why did George Zimmerman start the neighborhood watch? Because of his wife. When George Zimmerman made his first statement tot he police, did he start from the night he killed Trayvon Martin? No he started from from the point that his neighbor's house was broken into and it had scared his wife.

    If you had killed someone, would you have not started from the night of the killing? His friend said that George has told him when he was married his whole perspective and outlook on life changed, because he realized that it wasn't only about him anymore. "Now I have to protect my wife," not "I have to provide for my wife, but protect." His whole motivation for starting the neighborhood watch was because his wife had been frightened. I think George had an obsession with proving to his wife that he could protect her. The first thing he said was "Call my wife and tell her I shot someone."

    Anyone who believes that George Zimmerman was going to the store that night is simply naive. Zimmerman was on patrol and maybe he had been looking for that dark, rainy night all along.

    Anyone who believes that Zimmerman didn't know that Martin was dead before he arrived at the jailhouse is naive. What did the paramedics do when they arrived on the scene, run to treat Zimmerman? Didn't he see them cover Martin's body up? Do you believe the woman who gave the interview did not know how to operate the video equipment? I think she knew very well.

    The lead officer that said Zimmerman once tutored black children, then he knew it wasn't a racial crime and that Zimmerman was innocent? I do not know how he reached that conclusion; just because someone likes puppies, that doesn't necessarily mean they love grown dogs.

    At this point I only say I would like for you to refer to the song by the artist, plies, "A hundred years."

    July 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Reply

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