Trayvon Martin Phone Records: GPS Missing for That Day – Call to Girlfriend 26 Mins – Only 14 Mins Released

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 – almost a year ago. Martin’s cell phone was a big part of the story but Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara has only now received access to them, and many questions remain. Crucial information is missing. The GPS was working – until the day of February 26, 2012. Lots of text messages, and records of phone calls…except for February 26, 2012. Martin was allegedly talking to his girlfriend at the time he and Zimmerman made their unfortunate contact. The article below says (correction made – see details below in green text) he and his girlfriend talked for 26 minutes, but only 14 minutes of the conversation has been given to Zimmerman’s attorney. That phone call was between Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, Trayvon’s girlfriend an an ABC reporter. In the 14 minutes, O’Mara says there are “seven starts, stops, and edits.” By the way, the girlfriend was 18, not 16 as reported. When police took possession of the phone that night, the battery was dead. As police tried to gain access, they were “locked out” because someone “repeatedly” tried to get into it, without the proper pin number and the phone was automatically locked and had to be sent to a professional to break the code.

UPDATE AND IMPORTANT CORRECTION: Reader, I missed something in this article and need to make this correction. The missing minutes are from a phone call between Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, Trayvon’s girlfriend and the ABC reporter. This perhaps makes it even worse as apparently there is something the girlfriend has said that they do not want the defense to know about.

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

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“While the analysis includes GPS locating records for Mr. Martin’s phone for all of the time he was in the Sanford area, specifically absent is any such data from February 26, 2012, the date of the event,” O’Mara wrote.

“Maybe it’s coincidence, but I’m way past [believing it’s] coincidence,” O’Mara said.

There also seem to be missing phone calls and text messages, he wrote…

O’Mara’s motion also complains about prosecutors not providing him information about the young woman who says she was on the phone with Trayvon in the moments just before the shooting.

She was 18 years old that day — not 16 as Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump identified her — O’Mara said, and prosecutors have not provided enough information about her to allow him to subpoena her Twitter and Facebook records. Source: Orlando Sentinel

While defense attorney O’Mara does not have the information from the phone records to allow him to defend Zimmerman, apparently an ABC reporter does have it. We hear and see this more and more today. One of the networks has crucial information that either the defense or prosecution does not have access to, and who does have access is generally a political decision. If you don’t agree with my politics, you get nothing. In this case, it was reported as racism immediately.

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  • montanaconserv

    Okay… they know that there were 26 minutes of a phone call, of which only 14 minutes were given to the defense attorney… is anyone concerned at all that trayvon’s phone ‘conversation’ was even recorded in the first place .. who recorded it?

    • montanaoconserv – I’ve asked the same question, but I think records of all of calls and their context are available from the cell provider. Scary. Now an ABC reporter seems to have the goods. How can that happen?

      • montanaconserv

        I can understand them having the ‘record’ of the call, but it sounds like they have the ‘content’ of the call.. i.e., they were recording his phone call to the girl friend.. I’m just curious as to why? Was his phone already under surveillance for another reason?

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  • Can someone say the word: Railroading

  • brs

    Shouldn’t conservatives be on the side of Martin? I don’t understand this.

    If some guy – who is not a cop – tells you, a free citizen, to stop and submit to a search, what woud you do? Would you submit? I sure wouldn’t. If the guy started ordering me around, and was not a cop, things would likely get physical. If he put his hands on me, I’d knock him out (or at least try…).

    I think anyone would, right?

    But for some reason, this kid was supposed to submit himself to being stopped by a guy who was not a cop, and should not have resisted. I think the kid was well w/i his rights to punch Zimmerman straight in the face. Zimmerman had no business stopping him.

    In fact, the police specifically forbid neighborhood watch folks from intervening, and he was warned right before intervening AGAIN not to intervene.

    So he’s ignoring the authorities and accosting private citizens. No wonder he needed to defend himself! He’s harassing people on the street after the polics told him not to!

    Yet, conservatives are on his side. I guess next time I see someone with a Republican bumper sticker I can pull them over and ask them what they’re doing, where they’re going? Somehow I don’t think that would fly though…

    • Al

      First, Zimmerman never ordered Martin to stop and submit to a search. In fact, it was Martin who confronted Zimmerman about following him, just before Martin attacked.

      Second, Zimmerman was a member of the Neighborhood Watch. Martin was not a member of the neighborhood, so thus Zimmerman’s suspicions.

      • brs, as both montanaconserv and Al show, you know nothing about the case. No one stopped Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman did call the police.

    • so much fail in that statement it had to be on purpose.

    • montanaconserv

      All you are doing is baiting… read up on what actually happened, and then come back to discuss it.

  • wnweqpiwqnq

    I think this article has a lot of false info. The “starts, stops and edits” refer to Dee Dee’s recounting of her conversation w/TM, not the phone data.

    • wnweqpiwqnq, if there is anything “false” it’s not in this article but in the article by the Orlando Sentinel, which I linked. I assume “Dee Dee” is the girlfriend. Who is she recounting her conversation to? Police? If so, why wouldn’t that be available to the defense attorney? Or maybe it’s NBC?

    • wnweqpiwqnq, my apologies, I see what you are saying and I’ve made the correction.

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  • Ed

    Maggie – I think you are a bit off. You wrote that only 14 of 26 minutes of Trayvon Martin’s phone call to his girlfriend were released to O’Mara and company. HUH??? No conversation between Trayvon and his girlfriend was ever recorded. How could any of such a non-existent phone call be shared or not shared?

    Did you perhaps intend to write that there was a 26-minute phone call between Benny Crump and Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, and only 14 total minutes of THAT phone call have been given to the O’Mara team?

    That SEEMS to be what you meant – since O’Mara HAS criticized that part of the evidence.

    • Ed, you are correct. Thank you so much. I’ve made the corrections to the article. I just read the Orlando Sentinel article wrong. Thinking about it, this is likely worse as she was telling the whole story, not just chatting with Trayvon. Something must have been important since they are not releasing the complete conversation to O’Mara.
      Again, thank you. I still believe the phone companies have recorded call records that the police can access.

  • Everyone posting here, I’ve made a correction to the article. It doesn’t change the fact that the defense is missing 14 minutes of a phone call- probably a more important phone call, between the Martin family attorney, the girlfriend and the ABC reporter. My apologies!