The rest of the call is spent with Zimmerman giving the dispatcher directions about where police officers can meet him. The dispatcher tells him officers are on their way before the call ends.
4. Martin’s Girlfriend Says She Was On Phone With Him When Altercation Began
Martin, 17, was walking back that night from a local store, where he reportedly bought iced tea and a bag of Skittles. His 16-year-old girlfriend later told ABC News she was on the phone with him right up until the confrontation with Zimmerman.
The girl, who the television network has since identified only as DeeDee, said Martin told her he saw a man watching him so he put his hoodie on and kept walking.
“I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast,” the girl told the network. “I told him to run, but he said he was not going to run.”
Eventually, Martin thought he had lost the man. But then Zimmerman returned and cornered him, the girl said. Here’s how she told it to ABC News:
“Trayvon said, ‘What are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again, and he didn’t answer the phone.”
Cell phone logs, which were given to ABC News, backed up the girl’s story that she was on the phone with Martin about five minutes before police arrived on scene.
5. Only One 911 Call Captured Screaming, Gunshot
Sanford police released recordings of seven calls to 911 that neighbors made to report the shooting. Of the seven, six were made after the shooting, with neighbors reporting they heard screaming followed by either a gunshot or a loud bang.
Only one call began before the shooting took place. It features a woman, calling to report that someone was in trouble outside her home. In the background of the call, you can hear a man yelling, but it’s hard to make out what he’s saying.
“There’s just someone screaming outside,” the woman says.
The 911 dispatcher asks for an address. In the version police released to the public, the woman’s answer was edited out so several seconds of silence follow. When the audio begins again, the screaming continues.
About 40 seconds into the call, the dispatcher asks: “So you think he’s yelling ‘help’?”
“Yes,” the woman says.
“Alright, what is your — “
In the middle of the dispatcher’s question, there is a loud crack. The man’s screaming stops.
“There’s gunshots,” the woman says.
“You just heard gunshots?”
About 45 seconds later, after some commotion and a few small questions, the dispatcher says, “I don’t hear him yelling anymore. Do you hear him?”
Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him: nick [at] talkingpointsmemo.com