There are a lot of things coming out, piece by piece. This is at least a little unusual. I don't recall a 911 tape which recorded a kill shot being released before a trial. But that is what this really sounds like. At 41 seconds, clearly a shot. It appears to end the crying out that repeatedly is heard before that.
There are supposed to be more of these and more witnesses. There appear to be about 8 apartments which have a view of this piece of lawn where the killing happened.
A lot of the discussion has focused on the sequence of events and whether or not Zimmerman was injured as a result some kind of self defense and therefore is entitled to a not guilty because of self defense plea.
It would seem that if the 911 calls actually recorded the killing, and there are more than one that can be used for cross corroboration, then this is evidence of premeditation. That is certainly enough for an arrest. There have been convictions based on less definitive evidence. There have been executions based on less.
Here is one 911 call, from the local newspaper that is up on You Tube:
Be forwarned. If the sound of gunshots or the possibility of someone being killed will give you nightmares, then skip ahead to the discussion.
Since the local authorities have had access to this for a month, the question that really looms large here is what is wrong here? Anywhere else and Zimmerman would be in custody and there would be a tight lid on the release of 911 tapes or access to witnesses. This is fascinating because it is amazing that this situation is so loose.
This is actually being tried in the media and on the web as a result. Who the hell is on first?