Rachel Jeantel: ‘I believe Trayvon hit Zimmerman first’

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Trayvon Martin’s friend and contentious witness in the George Zimmerman trial witness, Rachel Jeantel recently sat down with HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill gave a comprehensive breakdown of what she believes went down in the seconds leading up to the teen’s slaying.

The key points of the trial took place when Don West grilled Jeantel testified that she believed that Zimmerman initiated the confrontation between the two.

Jeantel expounded on her thoughts on what occurred when Zimmerman and Martin met face to face. “I believe Trayvon hit first,” she said. She went on to describe how she believed that Trayvon throwing the first punch was the likely cause Zimmerman attempted to grab and detain Martin.

“I got you. You’re coming with me,” she imagined that Zimmerman said to Trayvon Martin, which incited the teenager to sucker punch the neighborhood watch volunteer and spur the fatal fight.

Jeantel never heard what actually went down beyond “get off, get off!” she said she heard Trayvon Martin say before the phone went dead.

The 19-year-old described to Morgan how she told Martin that Zimmerman might be a “pervert” or “rapist.” She believed that Martin’s fear led him to flee the older man, but not head straight to the home where he had been staying because the 12-year-old son of his father’s fiancée was there.

Ultimately, Zimmerman is the only person who knows exactly what happened in the seconds before he shot and killed Martin and having been found not guilty, the state of Florida has held that, as it relates to the law, he did no wrong.

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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