Star Witness for Prosecution or Defense?
By George Howell (CNN)-
Day 4 in the trial against George Zimmerman started as Rachel Jeantel – take two.
A key witness for the state, who appeared Wednesday to be emotional one moment, combative the next.
What a difference a day makes.
Are you ok this morning.
You seem so different from yesterday, just checking.
Did someone talk with you last night about your demeanor in court yesterday?
No, I went to sleep.
MORE SUBDUED JEANTEL ENDURED MORE THAN THREE HOURS OF METICULOUS
QUESTIONING FROM DEFENSE ATTORNEY DON WEST – WHO CHALLENGED THE 19 YEAR
OLD'S ACCOUNT OF WHAT SHE HEARD WHEN SHE WAS ON THE CELL PHONE WITH
TRAYVON MARTIN – A LITTLE MORE THAN A MINUTE BEFORE THE FATAL SHOOTING.
Trayvon got hit.
You don't know that, do you?
don't know that Trayvon got hit. You don't know if Trayvon at that
moment take his fist and drive it into George Zimmerman's face. Do you?
Please lower your voice.
MOMENTS LATER – WHEN ASKED THE SAME QUESTION AGAIN DURING THE GRILLING,
THE TEEN HELD FIRM TO HER ACCOUNT OF WHO ATTACKED WHO.
in fact that you said it could have been, for all you know, Trayvon
Martin smashing George Zimmerman in the face is what you actually heard.
Yeah, just earlier today.
You ain't get that from me.”
THE NEXT WITNESS – JENNA LAUER.
THE WOMAN WHO'S 911 CALL CAPTURED THE EXACT MOMENT TRAYVON MARTIN WAS SHOT AND KILLED.
DEFENSE ATTORNEY MARK OMARA QUESTIONED HER ABOUT WHO SHE THOUGHT WAS SCREAMING ON THE TAPE.
nats – So you think he's yelling help? Yes. All right what is your…
Did it seem to be screams of somebody who was getting beat up?
They were being hurt somehow, yes.
Maybe somebody who was having this done to them.
THE FINAL TESTIMONY OF THE DAY CAME FROM A WITNESS WHO SAYS SHE HEARD THE GUNSHOT AND SAW TWO PEOPLE ON THE GROUND.
MORA TESTIFIED WITH THE HELP OF A SPANISH TRANSLATOR – THAT SHE
REMEMBERED SEEING THE MAN ON TOP – WEARING A RED AND BLACK JACKET.
THE SAME JACKET ZIMMERMAN WAS WEARING.
There was a person crouching down over another person.
GEORGE HOWELL, CNN, SANFORD, FLORIDA.