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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The mothers of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman both said Friday it was their son heard crying for help on a 911 call made the night Zimmerman fatally shot the teen.

After Chief Judge Debra Nelson rejected a defense motion for acquittal, the state officially rested its case. The defense then called Gladys Zimmerman as its first witness.

She testified the voice heard screaming for help on the 911 call was her son's. She said she knew it "because he's my son."

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"We're just getting started" with our case, defense attorney Mark O'Mara said during a news conference after court recessed for the day.

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, was the first witness called to the stand Friday by the prosecution. She listed to a 911 call played in court during which screaming in the background could be heard.

"Can you identify the voice screaming?" prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked her.

"Trayvon Benjamin Martin," Fulton replied.

During a cross-examination, defense attorney Mark O'Mara quietly offered his condolences. De la Rionda objected.

"You're holding hope that Trayvon Martin wasn't responsible for his own death?" O'Mara asked her.

"I don't believe he was," she told the court. "I heard my son screaming. I would hope for this to never have happened and he would still be here."

Identifying who made the cries for help on the 911 call could be critical to the case because it may help determine who was the aggressor during the February 26, 2012, confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin that proceeded the fatal shooting. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense, while the prosecution says Zimmerman was a wannabe cop and vigilante who profiled the hoodie-wearing Martin through The Retreat at Twin Lakes complex that night.

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Zimmerman's uncle, Jorge Meza, a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, also testified for the defense that he overheard the 911 screams while watching television.

"I felt the scream, like George was screaming for his life," Meza said.

During cross-examination, de la Rionda attempted to paint Meza as a biased relative by pointing out that he earlier said he was testifying as Zimmerman's uncle, not as a deputy.

Martin's older brother, Jahvaris Fulton, testified earlier in the day that he heard yelling and screaming on the 911 call, which he recognized as Martin's voice. But during cross-examination, the college student admitted he was not always sure.

O'Mara pointed out that he had told a reporter last year that he wasn't sure whether the voice belonged to Martin.

Jahvaris Fulton said he was "shocked" when he heard it.

"I didn't want to believe it was him," he said.

In requesting that the judge acquit Zimmerman, O'Mara argued that the prosecution had failed to prove its case.

He said an "enormous" amount of evidence showed that Zimmerman acted in self-defense, and he argued that Zimmerman had reasonable grounds to believe he was in danger and acted without the "ill will, hatred and spite" necessary to prove second-degree murder.

But prosecutor Richard Mantei countered: "There are two people involved here. One of them is dead, and one of them is a liar."

After listening to an hour and a half of arguments from both sides, Nelson refused to throw out the murder charge, saying the prosecution had presented sufficient evidence for the case to go on.

Earlier Friday, an assistant medical examiner who performed Martin's autopsy testified that the cause of his death was a gunshot wound to the chest. The manner of death was homicide, Shiping Bao said.

"There was no chance he could survive," Bao testified.

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Bao said Martin was in pain and suffered for up to 10 minutes after being shot by Zimmerman. The fatal bullet went from the front to the back of the teen's chest and pierced his heart.

With jurors out of the courtroom during defense questioning, Bao acknowledged he had changed his opinion in recent weeks on two matters related to the teen's death: how long Martin was alive after being shot and the effect of marijuana detected in Martin's body at the time of his death. Bao said last November that he thought Martin was alive 1 to 3 minutes. He also said Friday that marijuana could have affected Martin physically or mentally; he said the opposite last year.

 The judge ruled before the trial that Martin's past marijuana use couldn't be introduced, and so the jury did not hear Bao's opinion about the drug's effect.

Zimmerman could get life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. The state argued during its opening statement that Zimmerman profiled and followed Martin in his truck and called a police dispatch number before he and the teen got into a fight.

The state is expected to wrap up its case today.

FoxNews.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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