SANFORD, Fla. — The judge in the murder trial of a former neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot to death an unarmed black teenager ruled Saturday that prosecution audio experts who point to the victim as screaming on an emergency call moments before he was killed won’t be allowed to testify at trial.
Judge Debra Nelson reached her decision after hearing arguments that stretched over several days this month on whether to allow testimony from two prosecution experts. One expert ruled out neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman as the screamer and another said it was the teenager Trayvon Martin. Defence experts argued there was not enough audio to determine who the screams are coming from. Zimmerman’s attorneys also argued that the state experts’ analysis is flawed.
Nelson ruled that the methods used by the experts aren’t reliable. But her ruling doesn’t prevent the emergency calls from being played at trial.
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