Rachel Jeantel, prosecution’s key witness, couldn’t read the letter she supposedly wrote describing what she heard on the night in question.
The letter she was asked to read had supposedly been written by Jeantel and sent to Martin’s mother describing everything the girl had heard on the phone the night he had been murdered.
ABC News reported that Jeantel, 19, was unable to read any of the actual letter expect for her own name.
They continued on to say:
“Jeantel was subdued on the stand today, in contrast to her openly hostile demeanor towards Zimmerman’s lawyers on Wednesday.
“Her behavior was so different that defense lawyer Don West asked Jeantel whether someone had spoken to her about her behavior on the stand.”
When Jeantel was asked if she could read the letter out loud to the courtroom, she responded with, “Some but not all. I don’t read cursive.”
Jeantel was effectively forced to admit today that she did not write the letter that was sent to Martin’s mother describing what she allegedly heard on a phone call with Martin moments before he was shot.
During her testimony Wednesday, Jeantel said Martin had been walking home during halftime of the NBA All-Star Game when he became unnerved because he was being followed.
ABC News went on to report Jeantel stating the following:
“‘He told me the man kept following him.’ Jeantel said she told Martin to run, but that he responded that he was almost home.
“‘I say, ‘Trayvon,’ and then he said, ‘Why are you following me for? And then I heard a hard-breathing man come say, ‘What you doing around here?’ … And then I was calling, ‘Trayvon, Trayvon.’ And then I started to hear a little bit of Trayvon saying, ‘Get off, get off.'”
It was at this point Jeantel claims the phone was cut off and that when she tried calling him back, the phone went unanswered.
[Media via ABC News]