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Trayvon Martin Death: 'Teen shouted stop before shooting'

FATALLY SHOT: Trayvon Martin

NEW EVIDENCE suggests that US teenager Trayvon Martin shouted "stop" before he was fatally gunned down by self-styled neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman in February last year.

A voice expert in the state of Florida has concluded that Martin's voice was heard screaming just before Zimmerman, who faces trial next month for shooting the 17-year-old in a Sanford gated neighbourhood, pulled the trigger, reports Global Grind

A second group of experts say that screams from both Martin and Zimmerman can be heard as well.

Alan R. Reich, a forensic acoustics consultant, studied the 911 call made by a witness and identified one of the voices as Zimmerman.

"The other male speaker was identified tentatively as Trayvon Martin from the audio track of a digital file present on Mr. Martin's mobile phone. His voice is younger and he generates much of what observers have called screams," the report says.

Initially, experts believed that Martin yelled "help," but Reich's report said the word appears to be "stop."


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Reich goes on to say that the frequency of the voice is appropriate for a 17-year-old and not an adult male, and Reich has concluded "tentatively" that the scream heard before the gunshot came from Martin.

Zimmerman, who is claiming self-defence, told Florida police that the teen had punched him in the face, climbed on top of him and slammed his head into the sidewalk, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Zimmerman, also claimed the teen was acting 'suspicious' and he later shot him in self-defence after the confrontation in the gated community on Feb 26.

According to authorities, the self-styled watchman had been found with a bloody nose, swollen lip and lacerations in the back of his head.

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