Rachel Jeantel, the young lady who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin the night of his deadly altercation, took the stand yesterday at the George Zimmerman trial.
According to Rachel, Martin was very clear about his being watched and followed by a shady individual, and even made an effort to lose him.
She says the last thing she heard was Martin yell “Get off,” before the phone went dead.
Jeantel said Martin told her the man watching him was a “creepy-ass cracker.” She recalled suggesting that the man might be a rapist. She went on to say that Martin told her he was going to try to elude the man, and that the teen left the area but that he was still being followed. Jeantel said she told him to run, but Martin replied that he was close to his father’s fiance’s house. Shortly after, Martin told Jeantel he would run home and then the phone went dead.
Later in her testimony, Jeantel said that when she called Martin back, he told her “the nigga is behind me.” Jeantel said she heard a bump and then the sound of “wet grass.” She said she heard Martin say “get off,” the call was cut off and she never spoke to Martin again.
When asked whose voice was screaming for help on the 911 audio, Jeantel said she believes it was Martin.
Jeantel also dismissed discrepancies with her previous statements, asserting that they were the result of her apprehension with getting involved with the case.
She also explained why she did not attend Trayvon Martin’s funeral:
“You gotta understand,” she told West. “I’m the last person — you don’t know how I felt. You think I really want to go see the body after I just talked to him?”
Jeantel is set to take the stand once again today.
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