in heaven" now, she said.
She testified that Trayvon had two tattoos: praying hands on his shoulder with his grandmother and great-grandmother's names. On his left wrist, he had a tattoo of his mother's name, she said.
"Have you ever heard him yelling?" prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked.
"Yes," she answered.
Then they immediately played in court the 911 call from the night of the shooting that included the screams.
"Ma'am, that screaming or yelling, do you recognize that?" de la Rionda asked.
Yes, she said, that was her son, Trayvon Benjamin Martin.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara began his questioning with an offer of condolences, which prosecutors objected to, as "not a question."
O'Mara asked whether Fulton was present at a meeting in which Sanford city officials were trying to determine whether to release the 911 call to the public. She was, she said.
She was joined by Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett, and other city officials, as well as the Martin family attorneys Benjamin Crump and also lawyer Natalie Jackson.
"If it was your son screaming as you testified, then it was George Zimmerman who caused your son's death?"
"Correct," she said.
"The only alternative, if you did not hear your son screaming, was that it was George Zimmerman screaming," and that would mean that Trayvon had caused the death, O'Mara said.
She said when she listened to the tape, she was the first one to react, believing that it was Trayvon's voice.
O'Mara asked whether or not anyone "prepared" Fulton to listen to the tape, and she said that no one had prepared her to listen to the tape.
O'Mara asked whether she was "holding out hope " that Trayvon Martin wasn't responsible for his own death. If it were Zimmerman's voice on that recording, that could mean that Trayvon had done something to cause his own death.
Fulton: "I heard my son screaming."
Trayvon's older brother took the stand, and said he recognized his brother's voice on the tape.
Jahvaris Fulton also testified that he told a reporter soon after hearing the audio that he wasn't sure it was his brother's voice on the tape. Jahvaris Fulton said today he remembered saying that, but explained he was in denial and "hoping" that it wasn't his brother's voice on the tape.
Prosecutors are expected to rest their case today, on the ninth day of trial testimony in the shooting death. Prosecutors told Circuit Judge Debra Nelson they might finish their case Wednesday, but afternoon DNA testimony ran long and court instead recessed for the Fourth of July holiday without reaching that milestone.
After the state rests, the defense will likely ask Nelson for a judgment of acquittal, a ruling that the state's case isn't sufficient to proceed. If that fails, they'll start calling witnesses.
The defense lawyers haven't said yet whether Zimmerman will testify.
The trial will continue to be closely watched. When Sanford police didn't arrest Zimmerman after the shooting, citing his self-defense claim, the case sparked protests in Sanford and across the globe. Zimmerman was later charged with second-degree murder by a special prosecutor. He faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged.
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