Today, June 18th, is Day 7 of the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman trial.
The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Eastern this morning. We’ll bring you updates as they become available. Also, be sure to check the end of this article, our trial updates page, the Axiom Amnesia Facebook page and Twitter feed for live blogs and discussions on the trial.
Here’s what to expect:
Potential jurors’ views on race were the focus of questioning Monday in the second week of jury selection for the Florida murder trial of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
A defense attorney questioned a potential juror extensively about her views on the racially charged case and whether she was bothered by protests led by civil rights leaders after Zimmerman’s shooting last year of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin[…]
Separately, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson must still decide whether to allow voice identification experts to testify at trial about screams captured on 911 calls. Voice recognition experts were hired by lawyers and news organizations to analyze the calls, which were made by neighbors during the confrontation between Martin and Zimmerman. Thus far, the experts have reached mixed conclusions about whether they belong to the teen or the neighborhood watch volunteer. Defense attorneys don’t want the experts to testify.
After potential jurors went home on Monday, Nelson listened to testimony from defense voice-recognition expert James Wayman who discounted methods used by two prosecution experts. One expert said in a report that the screams came from Martin and the other expert ruled out Zimmerman during testimony at a pretrial hearing. Wayman also doubted the screams came from just one person and said the 911 call was just too small a sample from which to draw conclusions. Wayman said he was “baffled” by the methodology of one of the experts.
“That is not enough data … to do any reliable estimation of who the speaker is,” Wayman said.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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