Trayvon Martin's Mother Takes the Stand
A dramatic courtroom moment as Trayvon Martin’s grieving mother took the witness stand in the George Zimmerman trial. INSIDE EDITION has the story.
It was an emotionally charged moment at the George Zimmerman trial Friday as Trayvon Martin's mother was called to the witness stand.
Sybrina Fulton wore a dark suit and white pearls as she was sworn in. From the very beginning of questioning, her testimony was moving.
She had no sooner sat down than the lawyers approached the bench to hold a conference with the judge. She stared straight ahead as the discussion stretched on in the silent courtroom.
When the questioning began, some of her first answers were telling.
"My youngest son is Trayvon Benjamin Martin. He's in heaven," Sybrina said on the stand.
Prosecutors then played one of the 911 calls made that night, in which a voice can be heard yelling for help before the fateful gunshot.
"Who do you recognize that to be, ma'am," they asked.
"Trayvon Benjamin Martin," Sybrina replied.
Sybrina became visibly tense when the defense began cross examination.
"If you were to listen to that tape and not hear your sons voice, that would mean that it would have been George Zimmerman's voice, correct?" They asked.
"I heard my son screaming," Sybrina responded.
Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, was also in court.
There was a tense exchange between Sybrina and the defense.
"As a mom, you'd certainly hope, that your son, Trayvon Martin, would not have done anything that would have led to his own death, correct?," the defense asked.
"What I hope for is that this would have never happened and that he'd still be here. That's my hope," Sybrina said.
INSIDE EDITION spoke to legal analyist Matt Semino about the testimony.
"By putting Sybrina Fulton on the stand, you wanted to get across the fact that Trayvon Martin was a human. You want to humanize the victim. That's very important," he said.
Trayvon's older brother, Jahvaris Fulton, an information technology student, also testified Friday.
He was asked about the 911 call. He said he recognized his brother's voice on the tape.
Under defense questioning, he admitted he had initially not been certain about the voice. He said his judgment had been affected by his grief.
"I didn't really want to believe it was him," he said.
The medical examiner, who conducted the autopsy on Trayvon, was shown bullet fragments he took from the body. He said the 17-year-old could have been alive for up to ten minutes after he was shot.
"He was still in pain. He was still in suffering," the medical examiner said.
Trayvon's father appeared to be fighting back tears as a photo of his son's body was displayed.
"You have this family that's been impacted by this tragedy, the mother, the father, the brother, and as we saw on the stand today, there is that emotion there and that's what the prosecution wants to translate into this all female jury," Semino said.
The prosecution was expected to wrap up its case on Friday.
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