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Friend Of Trayvon Martin Testfies In George Zimmerman Trial

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  Original Published: 6/27/2013  Day 3 of the George Zimmerman murder trial brought testimony from a friend of Trayvon Martin, the woman who was talking to the teen when he was killed.   Martin Savidge has the highlights of her testimony and what, if any, effect it had on the case.   She is the most nighly anticipated witness of the entire George Zimmerman trial.   Her name is Rachel Jeantel and she's the girl Treyvon Martin was talking to on the phone the night he and Zimmerman crossed paths.   On the witness stand, she said Trayvon told her he was being followed.   "I had asked hum how the man looked like," she said. "He, creepy, cracker."   Jeantel says over the phone she heard Zimmerman approach and confront Martin.   "And I say 'Trayvon' and then he said 'why are you following me for' and I heard a hard breath man come say 'what are you doing around here'," she said.   Moments later, Jeantel said she heard a struggle and describes Zimmerman as the attacker.   "I said Trayvon, I kind heard Trayvon saying 'get off, get off', then a second later the phone hung up," she said.   Her testimony flies in the face of Zimmerman's claim of self-defense.   Which is why her cross-examination was crucial.   Defense attorney Don West went after her credibility, specifically a claim she made to authorities about why she didn't go to Trayvon's funeral. She originally said it was because she was in the hospital, but that was a lie.   "You gotta understand what I'm trying to tell you," she said. "I am the last person. You don't know how I felt. You think I really want to go see the body?"   The defense also focused on the inconsistencies between what she said in an earlier deposition, and what she said on the stand.   "Do you admit that you were asked who was screaming for help and your answer is it could be Trayvon?" asked West.   "I told you it sound like Trayvon 'cause Trayvon have kind of a baby voice," she replied.   "So the question is who is screaming for help, it's not Trayvon is it? asked West. "And your answer it could be Trayvon, and the question you know his voice so well, is that Trayvon screaming for help or wasn't it?"   "Your answer it could be like I said I don't know but it could be, the dude sound kind of like Trayvon," said West. "Trayvin do got that soft voice and that baby voice sometimes, so it could be, I don't know but you know it's not."   The longer she was questioned, the more agitated the teen witness appeared.   At times she became defiant, like when she was told she would have to return the next day.   "Whaaat?" she asked.   Until then, it's hard to say how much the state's star witness actually helped, or hurt, their case.   Testimony continues in Sanford, Florida Thursday.
   
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