Defense attorneys in the trial of George Zimmerman called
Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin, to the stand this afternoon to testify
about the screams heard before his 17-year-old son was fatally shot.
On the stand, Tracy Martin described the days following the shooting of his son, including being notified by police that his son was dead and going to headquarters to listen to a 911 call.
"This was a very emotional time for you. And you listened to the recording....and you pulled your chair back in disbelief," prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked. "You realized that was the shot..."
"That killed my son, yes," Tracy Martin finished the sentence.
Earlier, defense attorneys questioned Martin about whether the voice he heard on a 911 call which recorded screams, were those of his son Trayvon.
Police testified earlier today that Tracy Martin told them it wasn't Trayvon's voice.
But Tracy Martin countered that during today's testimony: "I never said, 'no that's not my son's voice,'" Tracy Martin said.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara asked Tracy Martin whether he has listened to a "cleaned up" version of the tape. He also asked whether Tracy Martin had told Sybrina Fulton he had heard the tape.
Tracy Martin said he did not tell her. Why not, O'Mara asked.
"There was a lot going on. We had just buried our son. It was a tragic time," Tracy Martin said.
Trayvon, Tracy Martin said, "was my best friend in life."
Later, jurors heard from Bill Lee Jr., the former former Sanford police chief who was fired after his agency's controversial handling of the shooting case. He testified he recommended the members of Trayvon's family hear the audio individually, but instead they listened to it as a group.
For most of the day, defense attorneys have been calling witnesses to testify about who was screaming for help in the seconds before 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot: Trayvon, or Zimmerman.
This afternoon, jurors heard testimony from Chris Serino, the lead investigator in the case for the Sanford Police Department. He played a 911 call which recorded the screams for Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, in the days after the shooting.
Serino said he asked Martin if the screams sounded like his son, and Martin said "no" under his breath. Martin seemed very emotional, Serino said.
"I heard it, and saw the movement of his mouth," Serino said later, when pressed by the state on whether he's sure Martin said "no." He also testified a response like Martin's could've been construed as denial.
The defense also called Doris Singleton of the Sanford Police Department, who was present for that interview. She described him as "very upset," hanging his head and crying.
Martin told Serino "that it was not his son," Singleton testified.
Jurors later heard from Adam Pollock of Kokopelli's Gym and Training Center. Zimmerman trained there in grappling and boxing, Pollock said, but was a still a novice at the time of the shooting.
He rated Zimmerman as no higher than a 1.5 out of 10 as a grappler, and said Zimmerman never got close to boxing in a ring with an opponent.
Zimmerman was "soft" and "non-athletic," Pollock said. He said Zimmerman came to the gym obese, and was seeking to lose weight.
During Pollock's testimony, he and O'Mara demonstrated the "ground and pound"
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