Key Zimmerman Witness Tells Defense: ‘That’s Real Retarded, Sir’

SANFORD, Fla.(CBS TAMPA) — Rachel Jeantel, the woman whom 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was talking to on the phone moments before he was shot and killed, offered testimony at the trial where George Zimmerman stands accused of murder.

The key prosecution witness in the George Zimmerman murder trial got heated when defense attorney Don West repeatedly tried to offer defense theories as part of his questioning. At one  more intense point, West speculated that Trayvon Martin might have been lying to Ms. Jeantel when he told her, during their phone call moments before his death, that he’d almost reached his father’s home.

West asked why Trayvon Martin “decided to approach this man and say ‘why you following me,” when he could have “just run home.”

“He was already by his house,”Jeantel replied. “He told me.”

“Of course, you don’t know if he was telling you the truth or not,” West speculated.

“Why he need to lie about that, sir?” Jeantel asked, skeptically.

West paused for a few seconds, then stated, “Maybe if he decided to assault George Zimmerman, he didn’t want you to know about it.”

Jeantel’s testimony has been characterized by blunt language and irritability with the defense attorney, told West “That’s real retarded, sir,” and added “You don’t know the person. You do not know him.”


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