Someone who lived close to the spot where the deadly encounter between G. Zimmerman and T. Martin took place made a 911 call to the authorities, and in the background one of the combatants can be heard screaming for help -- then sudden silence ensues after the sound of gunfire.
On the grounds that their methods are questionable, at the outset of the trial the judge ruled that testimony of two sound experts about this cry for help could not be introduced into the trial proceedings. One of these experts had concluded that this desperate entreaty was uttered by Martin, while the other had said that the matter was uncertain but that the screamer could not have been Zimmerman. This ruling was considered to be a blow to the prosecution, and meanwhile the Zimmerman devotees are certain that the cry came from their guy, therefore the "self-defense" nonsense.
Let's see now. Can't logic and total probability play any part here?
We note that one of the combatants is armed only with a bag of some munchies called "Skittles," a container of tea, and a cellphone.
We also note that the other one, the aggressor and the one who precipitated the whole thing by stalking the teenager, is armed with an operable handgun, and in its chambers are real and equally operable bullets.
So which person is by far the one most likely to have been afraid for his life and calling for help, especially given the only too obvious fact that armies of people have been killed by others wielding handguns, and in fact that is a daily occurrence in these United States of America, in droves. And while we're at it, we might also ask why so many people of Zimmerman's patrilineal pigmentation are so busy mobbing gun stores and gun shows to scoop up tools much like the one that Zimmerman carried, for the express but carefully unexpressed (in public) purpose of mass shootings of people of Trayvon Martin's persuasion, should they get the chance? Yet there've been no reports of similar runs for the items that the teenager was carrying, and, as far as I know, history is notably light on recording cases of anyone being shot and killed with a bottle of tea, a cellphone, or a bag of "Skittles." That is, unless the ever avid firearms death industry has been adding its expertise to the design of cellphones, a development that has not yet made the news, though quite likely that point might be already close at hand.
The idea that a bulky, 207-pound guy with a loaded gun in his pocket is afraid of getting his brains bashed out or of otherwise being offed by an unarmed youth 50 pounds lighter seems totally ridiculous to me. And this is especially confirmed by how visual sightings as well as noting Zimmerman’s actions during this whole thing, in addition to his total lack of lifetime achievements, suggest without any doubt that as much as 95 percent of the space in his noggin is occupied by pure bone, making it clearly impervious to more than superficial damage from anything short of a jackhammer.
Yet in his opening statement, one of the defense attorneys, who must share Zimmerman’s cranial bone excess, after beginning his spiel by telling a “knock-knock" joke that fell completely flat and was an insult to the jury, decided to go still farther into lala land by finding a weapon after all for Trayvon Martin. He argued that Martin had brought along a concealed weapon in the form of a concrete sidewalk, with which the back of Zimmerman’s head is thought to have come into contact, at the time if not later.
But of course this “self-defense” flipdoodle is not at all ridiculous to those who are so committed to seeing Zimmerman literally getting away with murder. Such people never ever let absurdity stand in their way. It's a big part of the American Experience, and all the Trayvon Martin survivors with his kind of melanin count know that only too well.