Zimmerman’s Brother Denounces Findings Of State Audio Expert As “Voodoo Forensics”

Source: Erin Donaghue / CBS News

The brother of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch captain accused in the February, 2012 killing of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, denounced the findings of a state audio expert who analyzed a 911 call as “voodoo forensics.”

In the call, placed by a neighbor just before Zimmerman shot Martin during a confrontation in a gated Sanford, Fla. community, a person is heard screaming for help, followed by a loud bang. The state audio expert, Alan Reich, has said that he heard Trayvon Martin saying “I’m begging you” after analyzing the recording, and George Zimmerman speaking like an evangelist or carnival barker saying “These shall be,” the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Other experts, including analysts at the FBI, have not heard the phrases that Reich claims to hear in the recording of the call. FBI analysts said they were unable to analyze the recording because of its poor quality, and others haven’t been able to determine who was crying for help.

The recording is likely to be a key piece of evidence at Zimmerman’s upcoming trial, which launches with jury selection June 10. Zimmerman has claimed he was defending himself after the 17-year-old attacked him.

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