A 45-second recording of a 911 call in Sanford, Fl., may be the key to the case against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin, reports the Washington Post. Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara says the recording would require “a lot of forensic work-up.” Special prosecutor Angela Corey has released an FBI analysis stating that the recording is inconclusive and a witness list that includes two audio experts who have said the opposite.
“The exact words and whose voice is whose will be the critical issues,” she told the Post. Legal experts say the recording could be enormously important or disastrous for either side, depending on what a jury determines it can hear. One expert, Alan Reich, is certain he can hear a young man he concludes is Martin pleading for his life. Yet James Ryan, retired head of the FBI forensic audio, video, and image analysis unit, says, “I think it's hard to scientifically say anything definitive with audio like this.”