SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's mother said it was her son's screams that can be heard in the background of a 911 call recorded the night
he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara played the 911 call in court after Gladys Zimmerman took the witness stand Friday.
When O'Mara asked her whose voice was screaming, she answered, "My son."
O'Mara said he decided to call Zimmerman's mother and uncle to the stand as his first witnesses to discuss that 911 call and lay the groundwork for the rest of the defense's case.
“I wanted to get out the reality that everyone in the Zimmerman family knows that that was George Zimmerman screaming,” said O’Mara. “There will be a lot of other witnesses who say that as well, but we'll just present the case. We're just getting started."
Zimmerman's uncle, Jorge Meza, is an Orange County deputy who said he recognized Zimmerman's voice from another room when the 911 call was played on the news.
“It was George, screaming for his life,” said Meza.
Before calling his first two witnesses, O’Mara asked Judge Debra Nelson for an acquittal, which is routine, but Nelson said the state had enough evidence to move forward.
O'Mara argued that the state didn't prove its case, and that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.
Prosecutor Richard Mantei told the judge Zimmerman was a liar and had changed his story.
Prosecutors rested their case Friday, a day in which Zimmerman's mother and Martin's mother each testified that it was her son, not the other woman's, who can be heard screaming for help on the call.
“There is no doubt whatsoever that it was him screaming,” O’Mara asked Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, during cross-examination.
“Absolutely,” she responded.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.