The prosecution’s star witness Rachel Jeantel was hammered with questions for a second day in the George Zimmerman trial.
She was grilled by defense attorneys Thursday regarding the consistency of her statements related to the night Trayvon Martin died.
Phone records show that the 19-year-old was talking to her friend Martin just moments before he was shot to death on February 26, 2012.
“Maybe she's somebody who really doesn't want to be involved with this … she didn't ask to be in the middle of this,” Dr. Drew said Wednesday night.
Michael Skolnik, a board member of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, added his opinion, saying, “Every step of the way, she's tried not to be involved in this case. She did not want to be known as the person who was the last person to talk to Trayvon Martin.”
He continued, “She's carrying this burden of pain that she obviously is dealing with in court … the tactic of asking her to go over telephone calls and ask her to confirm these calls upset her right from the beginning.”
Defense attorney Areva Martin also noted, “As a lawyer, these trials are battlefields … [the defense] is going to go after her and trying to rattle her … and expect that that's going to happen with every witness that takes that stand.”
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Martin last year. He told authorities that he was pursuing Martin because of the rash of crimes in the area. Zimmerman said he was forced to kill Martin in self-defense after a confrontation between the two.
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