06/26/2013 05:26 pm ET Updated Jun 27, 2013

Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin Friend: Teen Was Trying To Escape George Zimmerman

Rachel Jeantel, the young woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin the night he was shot, testified on Wednesday at George Zimmerman's trial that Martin was aware that he was being followed.

"A man was watching him ... He kept complaining the man was watching him," the 19-year-old told the prosecuting attorney, relating her conversation with Martin of the night of Feb. 26, 2012.


Jeantel said Martin told her the man watching him was a "creepy-ass cracker." She recalled suggesting that the man might be a rapist. She went on to say that Martin told her he was going to try to elude the man, and that the teen left the area but that he was still being followed. Jeantel said she told him to run, but Martin replied that he was close to his father's fiance's house. Shortly after, Martin told Jeantel he would run home and then the phone went dead.

Later in her testimony, Jeantel said that when she called Martin back, he told her "the nigga is behind me." Jeantel said she heard a bump and then the sound of "wet grass." She said she heard Martin say "get off," the call was cut off and she never spoke to Martin again.

When asked whose voice was screaming for help on the 911 audio, Jeantel said she believes it was Martin.

Both Jeantel and Martin's father became emotional during the testimony, wiping their eyes with tissues. Jeantel became agitated when she described hearing about Martin's death and while discussing her decision not to attend his wake or his funeral.

"I didn't want to see the body," she said.

Jeantel also grew visibly frustrated by defense attorney Don West's questions on cross-examination.

Jeantel, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, admitted that she lied about her age, claiming to be a minor because she did not want to get involved.

Jeantel also insisted she declined to meet with Martin's mother because she did not want to "see somebody cry."

During a confrontational exchange with West, she dismissed apparent discrepancies in her previous statements to attorneys by saying that she was distraught during her interview with the Martin family lawyers and that it "didn't mean nothing to me."

She bristled when West asked why she didn't attend the services for Martin.

"You gotta understand," she told West. "I'm the last person -- you don't know how I felt. You think I really want to go see the body after I just talked to him?"




07/13/2013 11:22 PM EDT

Family Attorney Presser Finished

The family attorneys have finished speaking.

07/13/2013 11:19 PM EDT

'Please Respect Their Privacy'

"Please respect their privacy," Crump said of the Martin family.

07/13/2013 11:18 PM EDT

'No Interest'

"Jurors were given packets of letters from the media containing interview requests. They expressed no interest at this time," Kennedy said.

07/13/2013 11:17 PM EDT

'Anonymity Order Is Still In Effect'

"Anonymity order is still in effect... Any attempt to identify jurors is a violation of the current order," said Michelle Kennedy, Public Information Officer for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.

07/13/2013 11:16 PM EDT

'We Must All Be Peaceful'

"For Trayvon to rest in peace we must all be peaceful," Benjamin Crump said.

07/13/2013 11:13 PM EDT

Martin Family Attorney's Speaking

"We are very, very saddened," Darryl Parks said.

07/13/2013 11:09 PM EDT

'Jury Has No Desire To Speak'

"Jury has no desire to speak to media," said Michelle Kennedy, Public Information Officer for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.

07/13/2013 11:08 PM EDT

Defense Presser Finished

The defense has finished talking.

07/13/2013 11:05 PM EDT

Zimmerman Will Get Back His Gun

07/13/2013 11:02 PM EDT

'Nothing Can Bring Back Trayvon Martin'

"[Martin's family] suffered a tragedy ... Nothing can bring back Trayvon Martin ... But I'm not going to shy away from the fact that the evidence showed George Zimmerman did nothing wrong," O'Mara said.