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George Zimmerman Trial: State’s Star Witness Testifies (watch!)

Rachel Jeantel provided key prosecution testimony in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

Rachel Jeantel provided key prosecution testimony in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

Rachel Jeantel, who talked with Trayvon Martin minutes before he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, told the court today (June 26) that Martin was trying to flee from Zimmerman, whom he called a “creepy a** cracker.” Moments later he was dead.

Jeantel, 19, is the prosecution’s star witness. Her testimony suggested that Martin wasn’t looking for a confrontation with the neighborhood watchman.

To the contrary, he was attempting to lose him as he made his way back to a house in the exclusive gated community where his fathers fiance lived.

“Oh sh**, the n**** is still behind me,” she said Martin told her.

“I just told him to run,” Jeantel testified. But Trayvon decided not to because he was so close to home.

She also said she could hear a “hard-breathing man” in the background.

She said she heard Martin ask “Why are you following me?” and she heard the man say, “What are you doing around here?”

She heard a loud sound next, which she said sounded like Martin’s phone headset falling on the ground. Then she said she heard him say “Get off!”

She said she heard the gun go off and Trayvon scream. Zimmerman broke down in tears.

Jeantel also testified that the screaming voice on 911 calls “sounded like Trayvon.” She said she heard the tape only after Martin’s death, when it was played by various media outlets.

The testimony, during slightly under an hour on the stand sharply undercuts Zimmerman’s claim that Martin jumped him, forcing him to shoot the 17-year-old youth with his handgun.

The encounter took place on Feb. 26, 2012 at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated townhouse community.

Check out the testimony below and follow TheImproper on Twitter for more updates on the case.


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