On Wednesday, a friend of the murdered teenager Trayvon Martin gave her statement in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman of the residence where Martin was killed.
One of Martin’s friends, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, said that Martin called her just before being murdered by Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. She said before the jurors that his very last words before cutting of the phone was ‘Get off! Get off!’
Jeantel said that she talked with Martin for a few minutes until the phone suddenly went dead. Martin, who was walking back to his dad’s home that night, complained to Jeantel about a man following him. He also described his efforts to get away from that man. Martin was unarmed when he was murdered.
During that time on February 26, 2012, 29-year-old Zimmerman was the security guard in a neighborhood at Twin Lakes community. Though Zimmerman claimed that he acted in self-defense, he could face life imprisonment if proved guilty.
Martin was a high school student who went to that residence as a guest of one of the homeowners. While walking back to his house, he was shot in chest by Zimmerman.
Ben Crump, the lawyer for Martin family, said that Jeantel’s testimony would likely to undercut Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. Prosecutor Jon Guy emphasized in the opening statement on the fact that Martin’s call to Jeantel two minutes after Zimmerman called the police about a suspicion person implied that it was the security guard who crept up on the unarmed teen and surprised him.
Police did not arrest Zimmerman until 44 days of the murder. As a result, civil rights debates and protests were triggered off about the treatment of black Americans in the justice system of America.
A jury panel consisting of six female members will decide Zimmerman’s fate. All of the jurors are while except one Hispanic.