Witness to Zimmerman Lawyer: 'That's Real Retarded'

Jeantel takes exception to suggestion that Trayvon Martin lied to her

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2013 6:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rachel Jeantel, the last woman to talk to Trayvon Martin before he died, took the stand for a second day of questioning today, and it was once again a distinctly combative affair. Judge Debra Nelson had to step in repeatedly as defense attorney Donald West grilled Jeantel, telling the lawyer to lower his voice, and to give Jeantel a chance to answer one question before asking the next. At one point, she even had to ask the lawyer to take a step back as he leaned over Jeantel to discuss Martin's cell phone records, USA Today reports.

But the money quote came when West suggested that Martin may have lied to her so that she wouldn't know he was going to attack George Zimmerman. "That's real retarded, sir," Jeantel calmly replied. For full coverage on the increasingly sensational trial, click here.

Witness Rachel Jeantel, left, continues her testimony to defense attorney Don West on day 14 of George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Witness Rachel Jeantel, left, continues her testimony to defense attorney Don West on day 14 of George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, June 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)
Witness Rachel Jeantel, right, continues her testimony to defense attorney Don West on day 14 of George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla.
Witness Rachel Jeantel, right, continues her testimony to defense attorney Don West on day 14 of George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)
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Rachel Jeantel tells Zimmerman's defense attorney what she thinks of his questions.   (YouTube)

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