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New audio in Ferguson shooting may be key to investigation
FERGUSON, Mo. (Ted Rowlands) -- It's the critical moment. caught on audiotape and it could be a key piece of evidence as investigators work to determine exactly what happened between Michael Brown and Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Shots can be heard in the background of an online video chat.
Forensic audio expert Paul Ginsberg analyzed the nine second clip, and created a wave form graphic highlighting the gunshots. He counts a total of 10 shots, with an approximate three second pause after the sixth shot. Take another listen.
The three second pause could be very significant.
Ginsberg said, "It could be depending upon what the witness say they saw and what's in the police report.. It's electronic. It's objective. It doesn't take sides."
Several of the witnesses do mention a pause.
"They shot him, and he fell he put his arms up to let him know he was compliant and unarmed and they shot him twice more," said one witness.
Another said, "He put his hands in the air and started to get down but the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and he fired several more shots."
An independent autopsy results determined that Michael Brown was shot at least six times all to the front of his body. The other four shots heard on the recording could have missed.
The man who inadvertently recorded this audio wants to remain anonymous. He lives in one of the apartment buildings very close to where Michael Brown was shot and killed."
His attorney Lopa Blumenthal said, "He was in his apartment. He was talking to a friend on a video chat. He heard loud noises at the moment -- at the time -- he didn't realize the import of what he was hearing, until afterwards."
The recording could prove critical should this go to trial. A tool both the prosecution and the defense could use to bolster their case.
Ginsberg said, "This has a bearing on everything else. This is a piece of the puzzle that has to fit."
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