*Inglewood, Calif. – Continuing it’s coverage of the Trayvon Martin case, a leading expert in the field of forensic voice identification, Tom Owen, who analyzed the Martin 911 call recordings for the Orlando Sentinel and determined the screams for help were not Martin’s killer George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain, will discuss his findings on the Front Page radio show Tuesday, April 3 at 5AM PDT / 8AM EDT on KJLH-FM in Los Angeles. The show can also be heard live online at a www.kjlhradio.com. A copy of the show will be available for download on iTunes after 2PM PDT.
Owned by Stevie Wonder’s Taxi Productions, KJLH is the leading broadcast radio station for African-Americans and urban consumers in Southern California. The Los Angeles home for the Steve Harvey Morning Show, KJLH’s award-winning Front Page show with Dominique DiPrima is Los Angeles’ only talk radio show focused on African-American issues.
About Tom Owen
From the Orlando Sentinel
Tom Owen, forensic consultant for Owen Forensic Services LLC and chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, used voice identification software to rule out Zimmerman. Another expert contacted by the Sentinel, utilizing different techniques, came to the same conclusion.
Zimmerman claims self-defense in the shooting and told police he was the one screaming for help. But these experts say the evidence tells a different story.
Owen, a court-qualified expert witness and former chief engineer for the New York Public Library’s Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, is an authority on biometric voice analysis — a computerized process comparing attributes of voices to determine whether they match.
After the Sentinel contacted Owen, he used software called Easy Voice Biometrics to compare Zimmerman’s voice to the 911 call screams.
“I took all of the screams and put those together, and cut out everything else,” Owen says.
The software compared that audio to Zimmerman’s voice. It returned a 48 percent match. Owen said to reach a positive match with audio of this quality, he’d expect higher than 90 percent.
“As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it’s not Zimmerman,” Owen says, stressing that he cannot confirm the voice as Trayvon’s, because he didn’t have a sample of the teen’s voice to compare.
Forensic voice identification is not a new or novel concept; in fact, a recent U.S. Department of Justice committee report notes that federal interest in the technology “has a history of nearly 70 years.”
Providing around the clock news coverage and updates regarding the case of the unarmed 17-year-old Sanford, Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was killed February 26 by a neighborhood block watch captain, KJLH is the most trusted radio source in Los Angeles for news affecting the African-American community in Los Angeles and around the world. KJLH’s award-winning show the Front Page show heard weekdays from 4:30AM until 6AM, has featured exclusive interviews regarding the Martin case, including police procedures expert and retired L.A.P.D. officer Timothy Williams, southern region Final Call reporter Brother Jesse Muhammad, CNN analyst Roland Martin, Florida Congressional representative Corrine Brown and Federica Wilson, political commentator and Florida native Andre Egglletion, rapper, actress, and activist Yo-Yo, “White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin!” author Michael Skolnik of GlobalGrind.com and Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Action Network, and the Martin’s family attorney Benjamin Crump of Parks and Crump Law Firm in Florida.
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