We never expected George Zimmerman's trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin to be boring, but wow -- it's been one cringe-worthy moment after another. Yesterday and today, Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel gave her testimony. She was on the phone with Trayvon just before he was shot, and her testimony has been controversial, to say the least. She got downright testy with defense attorney Don West and admitted she'd lied to the police. But she's not the only one making our jaws drop. Here are the five biggest shockers coming out of the Zimmerman trial so far.
1. Defense lawyer Don West opened by claiming Zimmerman was justified in defending himself because "Trayvon Martin armed himself with the concrete sidewalk." Um, what? Let's hear the whole thing in context -- maybe it'll sound less crazy. West admitted that Zimmerman was armed with a gun, but he says it's inaccurate to say Trayvon was unarmed.
What the evidence will show you is that’s not true. Trayvon Martin armed himself with the concrete sidewalk and used it to smash George Zimmerman’s head, no different than if he picked up a brick or bashed the head against a wall. That is a deadly weapon ... The law is very specific about when you can defend yourself when the other person has a deadly weapon.
Yeah ... no. That still sounds crazypants. Gun, sidewalk, hardly the same thing. He knows we know what a sidewalk is, right?
2. Today Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel admitted she couldn't read a letter she supposedly wrote to Sybrina Fulton telling her what she'd heard over the phone on the night he was shot. She was handed the letter and asked if she could read it. She said she could read "some but not all. I don't read cursive." Jeantel was forced to admit she didn't write that letter after all. But also -- Rachel can't read cursive?!?
3. Rachel Jeantel admitted she lied under oath a few times. She told police that she was at the hospital because she didn't want to see Trayvon's dead body. She admitted she'd lied about her age (claiming to be under 18) because she didn't want to get involved in the case.
4. According to Rachel, Martin was scared about being followed by Zimmerman. She says Martin described Zimmerman as a "creepy-ass cracker." She says she heard Martin ask Zimmerman, "Why are you following me for?" and then heard another voice say, "What you doing around here?" Then she heard the headset bump, the sound of a landing on "wet grass," and then Martin saying "get off, get off" before the phone went dead.
5. Trayvon Martin's parents walked out after viewing graphic photos of their son's body. This is probably the most painful detail from the trial so far. While photos were shown, Sybrina stared straight ahead, sometimes closing her eyes. Tracy averted his eyes from all the photos. Both left the courtroom immediately after, and who can blame them?
Has anything in the Trayvon Martin case surprised you so far?
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