• COMMENTARY: Putting Tracy Martin on the Stand Was Mean-Spirited, Pointless

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    Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He claims he shot Martin in self-defense, but Martin’s family called the killing cold-blooded. Trayvon was unarmed. He was only carrying a bag of Skittles.

    On Monday, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked Tracy Martin about his state of mind while listening to the 911 tapes last year.

    “Basically what I was listening to, I was listening to my son’s last cry for help. I was listening to his life being taken and I was trying to come to grips with that, that Trayvon was here no more. It was just tough,” said Martin.

    “Yes,” said Martin. “I was just trying to figure out… why did the defendant get out of his vehicle and chase my son?” said Martin.

    “My world has just been turned upside down,” said Martin.

    “I have no doubt in mind that’s his voice,” said Geri Russo, a former co-worker of Zimmerman, echoing testimony of several other defense witnesses.

    Later Monday, the Martin family issued a statement saying that Zimmerman, just days after the shooting, told investigators that it was not his voice crying for help on the 911 recording.

    But for me, it all comes down to this: One witness has already testified that the voice she heard screaming for help outside her apartment was the voice of a younger man. Trayvon was 17 years old. And then she heard a gunshot – and the screaming stopped.

    Tracy Martin said he knows the screams on the 911 tape came from Trayvon. A father knows his son’s voice whether it’s laughter — or screams from distress.

    “It’s very difficult to believe that Trayvon isn’t living,” Martin testified Monday. “He was my best friend in life.”

    Martin, I believe, was telling jurors the truth.

    (Photo: AP)

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