George Zimmerman's wife Shellie called the Lake Mary, Fla., police claiming that her husband assaulted her father and threatened them with a gun.
Here is a transcript of her 911 call:
1 PD: 911 do you need police, fire or medical?
We do have units en route to you ma'am. Is he still there?
Shellie Zimmerman: Yes he is and he is trying to shut the garage door on me.
PD: Is he inside now?
SZ: No, he is in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying step closer and he is just threatening all of us.
PD: Step closer and what?
SZ: And he is doing to shoot us.
SZ: He punched my dad on the nose. My dad has a mark on his face. I saw his glasses were on the floor. He accosted my father and then took my iPad out of my hand and smashed it and cut it with a pocket knife. There is a Lake Mary city worker across the street that I believe saw almost all of it. He is sitting in his truck right now. He just showed up here but my phone died so I had to call from my father's phone. I'm really, really afraid.
PD: We have units in the area where you are at so just stay on the line with me.
SZ: I don't know what he is capable of. I'm just really scared.
PD: There are multiple units in the area. This is Shellie right? What phone number are you calling on now?... What is Zimmerman doing right now?
SZ: He is in his truck.
PD: Does he see them?
SZ: I'm sorry.
PD: Does he see them?
SZ: They are telling his bodyguard to get out of the way. Oh my God. Dad, get behind the car or something. I don't know if he is going to start shooting at us or not.
PD: Are you outside right now?
SZ: Yes we are. The police have there…Dad get inside the house. George might start shooting at us. I don't know. We are going inside the house. Oh my God
PD: Are you both inside right now?
PD: Stay in there. Let the police take care of him.
SZ: He has got his hands in the air. He is not touching his weapon.
238 PD: Does your father need medical?
SZ: Dad do you need medical?….He says no, but I think he does need medical. He is shaken. He says he feels like he is going to have a heart attack. His nose. Yes you do because your nose looks like it could be broken. I think he should have a medical. If we could have an ambulance come.
PD: They won't be able to approach until the situation outside is secured.
SZ: Oh my God…Oh my God..
PD: You guys are safe inside, correct?
PD: Shellie, you are doing really good. Ok this is a tough situation for anyone…stay on the line until our units can speak with you.
339 PD: Are you OK? You said he did take something out of your hand. Do you need medical as well?
SZ: I don't think so. It's just shock.
PD: Ok. I'm going to get (inaudible) to respond.
SZ: Dad get inside right now.
PD: Make sure he stays inside until somebody comes and lets you know it's OK stay in touch.
PD: They can't come out to check out your father until they secure the scene.
PD: Ok Shellie take a couple deep breaths for me.
SZ: There is this women in there…Oh my God.
George Zimmerman's lawyers called a series of character witnesses to his murder trial Monday to testify that Zimmerman was in fact a caring community volunteer, and that a voice heard screaming for help on a 911 tape was that of their friend "Georgie".
The witnesses said they were certain it was Zimmerman shouting for his life in a recording of a call made by a Sanford resident on the night Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February last year.
Zimmerman, 29, denies murder on the grounds of self-defence, arguing it was the 17-year-old Martin who was the aggressor in their fatal confrontation. The succession of character witnesses supporting him came on the first full day of the defence case as the trial in Sanford entered its third week.
"Yes, definitely, it's Georgie," said Sondra Osterman, the wife of Zimmerman's best friend Mark Osterman, when asked by defence attorney Mark O'Mara if it was the defendant she heard on the tape, which was played again in court today.
"I just felt that I knew it was him. I saw the reaction his wife had when she heard it," added Mrs Osterman, who co-wrote a book with her husband last year about the case called Defending Our Friend: The Most Hated Man in America.
She told the court that she did not hear him say the words: "Fucking punks" or "these assholes, they always get away," in a recording of a separate non-emergency call Zimmerman made to police just before Martin was killed.
Those words, prosecutors have said, proves Zimmerman acted with ill will or hatred when he allegedly pursued and confronted the teenager.
But Mrs Osterman insisted there was no anger in her friend's voice, nor did she detect any frustration or changes in his tone. "I don't think he was angry," she said.
Mark Osterman, a federal air marshal, described to the all-female jury of six how he helped Zimmerman choose a gun, then coached him how to use it in training sessions at a shooting range.
Zimmerman's 9mm semi-automatic Kel-Tec pistol, which he used to kill Martin with a single shot to the heart, was chosen precisely because it had no exterior safety catch, Osterman said.
"Ironically enough, we had this discussion. If you're in a tussle with someone and you need to utilise your firearm, and there's a situation that's so stressful that you can't think to remove one or two exterior safeties, and you need to protect yourself, and you need to do it right now, the Kel-Tec was the type of weapon for that," he said.
Osterman, who was formerly a deputy with the Seminole County sheriff's office, took in and housed Zimmerman and his wife Shellie in the weeks between the February 26 shooting and his arrest in April, using the experience to collate material for his book.
"We're doing nothing but trying to help George and Shellie and put them in a better light," he told the Orlando Sentinel in an interview at the time.
O'Mara called a second husband and wife to the stand: estate agent Leanne Benjamin, who worked with Zimmerman when he was an insurance agent, and John Donnelly, a former physician's assistant who said Zimmerman and his wife had been "dear friends" for about a decade.
Benjamin, a former teacher who admitted donating to Zimmerman's defence fund, said he was always helping the community. "I did a lot of volunteer work and I realised that George was tutoring some young children. I encouraged that and I was very proud of him for that," she said.
Zimmerman blinked back tears as Donnelly, a Vietnam veteran, described him as "a smart, sharp young guy" for whom he had bought suits and ties in preparation for the trial.
O'Mara has indicated that the defence case could take three to four days to present. Zimmerman faces at least 25 years in jail if convicted.