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Friend: Trayvon Martin Encounter Racially Charged

George Zimmerman Trial Continues

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A friend of Trayvon Martin’s who was on the phone with him shortly before his fatal fight with George Zimmerman says she thought the encounter was racially charged.

Rachel Jeantel testified on Thursday for the second day in a row, saying she thought race was an issue because Martin told her he was being followed by a “creepy” man. He used a slur for white people in describing the man.

Her answer came in response to questioning from defense attorney Don West about why she had given differing accounts about what she had heard.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder in Martin’s fatal shooting. He claims self-defense.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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