Lawyer Girl Martin
March 21, 2012 by staff
Lawyer Girl Martin, Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin was on the phone up until the moments before he was killed, cellular records show, and the girl he was talking to says she could hear him when the teen asked a stranger: “Why are you following me?”
First she heard, “What are you doing here?” and then a push and an altercation just before the line went dead, the attorney for the dead teen’s family said. “I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone,” the girl said.
A recording of the girl’s account of Trayvon’s last moments were among several major developments Tuesday in the investigation into the killing of the teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford. Seminole County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger announced he would convene a grand jury next month to probe the case, which is now being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
With the case becoming a national cause celebre and racial tempers flaring, social media sites were exploding Tuesday with the belief that the teen’s killer used a racial epithet just minutes before he shot Trayvon.
George Zimmerman, 28, an aspiring police officer who once attended a citizen police academy, called Sanford Police on Feb. 26 to report a suspicious person in his gated townhouse complex. It was one of the dozens of times he had called police over the years, and one of several where he called to report the presence of a black male.
After the shooting, Zimmerman told police the young man came at him from behind and attacked him, and he fired in self-defense. He was not charged, triggering national outrage and an online petition that drew more than 600,000 signatures.
On the recording of his call to police that is posted on the city’s website, Zimmerman can be heard breathing heavily as he pursued Trayvon through the complex.
Then, about two minutes into the call, under his breath, he used a profanity and a second word that sounded like a racial slur, but it was nearly inaudible and difficult to decipher with certainty.
Like the scores of news agencies that had listened to the tape over and over since it was released Friday, Sanford Police spokesman Sgt. David Morgenstern said no one at the police department had noticed the muttering before Tuesday.
“I listened to that tape several times, and I never heard it before,” he said. “I am quite sure the grand jury will listen to it.”
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the dead teen’s family, said the incident was another disturbing development in a case riddled with police missteps. He was also troubled by the decision to take the case to a grand jury, which meets in private.
If the roles had been reversed, “Would Trayvon Martin have gotten the courtesy of a grand jury?” Crump said. “Whatever case they put out, we won’t know. They can come out, wipe their hands clean like Pontius Pilate and say ‘It wasn’t us, it was the community.’”
Crump, who is based in Tallahassee, flew to Miami after Trayvon’s father combed through his son’s cell phone records and discovered he was on the telephone just moments before he died.
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