Trayvon Martin Murder Trial: 5 Details That Made Our Jaws Drop (VIDEO)

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rachel jeantelWe 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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Shant... ShantiBantiMama

Zimmerman defended himself. How is having your face slammed into to concrete not reason enough? That could very well be deadly. I'm SO sick of people defending that dead thug.

nonmember avatar Cass

This trial cannot possibly end well. It has been publicized in such a one-sided manner that, if Zimmerman is found not guilty, I fear for his safety and that of his family. Casey Anthony had to go into hiding- and she was found not guilty of murdering caylee. The court of public opinion called for her head and the jurors who heard the evidence and deliberated? Well, there were calls for their heads too. I haven't seen all of the evidence for each side and so I hold no opinion on guilt. I simply hope justice according to the law is carried out.

LostS... LostSoul88

After more stuff as been read I am thinking now that simmerman was defendign himself. The "kid" was saying racial slures yet they keep saying simmerman was the racist. His friend heard her friend being punched, who's to say it wasn't zimmerman being punshed? She's changed her story so damn much.  

nonmember avatar blh

Zimmerman started following martin. I dont care what kind of racial slurs or anything that happened after that. If zimmerman had minded his own damn business, he wouldnt have had to defend himself. and if someone with a gun came after me i for sure would slam their head on the concrete if i could.

amber... amberdotsmom

Zimmerman defended himself?  Trayvon used racial slurs?  Zimmerman might have been the one heard getting punched?  Who Cares!  Zimmerman shouldn't have been there in the first place - this is all on him, he had no true reason to follow Trayvon that night, the police told him not to follow and he didn't listen and he wasn't even smart enough to just observe from a safe distance.  What would you do if a stranger came up to you in the dark challanging you?  Zimmerman would have never been in a position to have to defend himself against anything if he hadn't CHOSEN to engage Trayvon in the first place.

femal... femaleMIKE

Zimmerman was the instigator.  He brought this on himself.  He was a cop wannabe.

Alaina Quist

2 things. they dont even teach cursive in school down here anymore which i find really lame (i live about 20 min away from where this happened) and considering this is the scary land of paula deen supporters and where they picked a jury pool that couldnt convict casey anthony, i dont think justice will be served sadly. my god i miss new england.

nonmember avatar dayton

THANK YOU BLH!!!!! That's what people conveniently forget. That boy was walking down the damn street when Zimmerman confronted him. And for what reason? Someone tell me that? If Zimmerman had to defend himself, I'm cool with that. However, if Zimmerman didn't walk up on Trevon, would he have needed to defend himself? And one last question, if you see someone suspicious walking down the street in your neighborhood, do you walk outside and confront them WITH A GUN or do you call 911? I'm just saying.

nonmember avatar Saoirse

Completely agree with @amberdotsmom - Amen!

nonmember avatar Dayton

You're right amberdotsmom. they did tell him not to follow. glad you brought that point up.

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