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Zimmerman Trial Key Witness Rachel Jeantel Describes Trayvon’s Last Moments

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Rachel Jeantel, a key witness in the George Zimmerman trial for the prosecution, testified today regarding the last conversation Trayvon Martin had before he was shot to death on February 12, 2012.

Rachel Jeantel was widely reported to be the girlfriend of Martin when word got out that the teen had been on a cell phone call at the time of the shooting, but one of the things she confirmed today was that the pair had been just friends.

A visibly distraught Jeantel discussed how she had believed given the nearness of Martin to his father’s home that he’d returned safe, and was horrified to learn three days later that the teen had been shot dead during the confrontation she’d heard over the phone.

The Miami woman, who is now 19, also addressed why she’d claimed to be in the hospital at the time of Martin’s funeral, saying she was apprehensive about seeing Trayvon Martin’s body and that she felt guilt over having been the last person to speak to him before his death.

Jeantel admitted:

I felt guilty … I was the last person who talked to their son and I didn’t go to the wake.

Also known as Witness Eight in court papers, Jeantel has long been deemed a key person for the prosecution’s case.

Describing a “creepy” man following Martin relentlessly (through his own description), she indicated Trayvon “told me he was going to try to lose him,” and recalled advising him to run.

Jeantel testified that Martin believed he’d finally evaded Zimmerman when the teen realized the stranger was right behind him. She recalls she “heard a hard breathing man say ‘what are you doing around here?’ ”

After that, she said Martin was knocked to the ground, and was heard saying “get off, get off.”

Jeantel also testified that the call was cut off, and subsequent calls made to Trayvon Martin were not answered.


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16 Responses to “Zimmerman Trial Key Witness Rachel Jeantel Describes Trayvon’s Last Moments”

  1. Kelly Chellers

    Rachel Jeantel was a trainwreck! She was snappy and HIGHLY disrespectful! Now I see why she's 19 and still in high school!

  2. Margaret Watson

    WHO CAN DISLIKE THIS GIRL? The attorney's commenting on TV about how some people nay be irritated by this girl. are living a in legal ivory tower. This is a young girl who is not used to this mess and has experienced a trauma. Peo ple who criticize her have had little life experience and nave no compassion.

  3. Kelly Chellers

    No, I can't except that excuse! I see disrespectful teens (and adults) like her almost everyday. I don't blame the trauma on her attitude…I blame her upbringing.

  4. Kelly Chellers

    But she's a witness…so she needs to respond with a little more respect. I know she's upset, but still show some class.

  5. James Kline

    Who are you to say? You don't know what it feels like so you shouldn't have a say so….you would be the same way.

  6. Margaret Watson

    Kelly, I stand on what I replied to you. The defense attorney intended to push her to where he did. That is his job as a defense attorney. Of course she was going to get frustrated, rattled and defensive. If you don't agree, fine, but you need to try to see what the attorney is doing and why she has fallen into his trap. He WANTS her to react negatively to him and she has no experience with trials and is expressing the frustration that anyone would feel when being bombarded with the same questions over and over. People with witness experience learn not to react in ways that could hurt their testimony. She has no idea where he is leading her.

  7. Kelly Chellers

    I doubt that. I have seen someone shot dead…right before my eyes on my way home from school when I was young. I did'nt act disrespectful to anyone, especially those who tried to get my side of what happened. So, YES i've been there..and NEVER will I forget it!

  8. Ray Tindell

    and she admitted lying about several things, what else is she lying about? you are going to convict a man based upon her complete disregard for the truth except where convenient? i dont think so , prosecution better have some better witnesses

  9. Kelly Chellers

    And Margaret, I stand on what i said as well! We can agree to disagree, that's fine with me because the world still turns.

  10. Margaret Watson

    Ray, she is just one part of what is many witnesses. She explained why she lied. BECAUSE, she didn't want to go to Trayvon's funeral. I think it would have been even traumatic for her, so she said she was in the hospital. Give her a break…Some of you want to rake this sad young over the coals. And I saw the defense attorney do so many unprofessional things, I might have responded as she did. HE WIPED HIS NOSE on his sleeve. He dramatically pointed with his little finger. I felt he was a pompous _ _ _ _.

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