Yesterday marked the first day of the George Zimmerman trial, and it got off to an interesting start. Zimmerman’s attorney started the day off with a knock-knock joke. “Knock, knock,” Don West said. “Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? All right good, you’re on the jury.”
George Zimmerman even fell asleep. Or just took a really long blink.
Today, prosecutors will reveal a star witness for the first time, the girl Trayvon Martin was talking with during the last minutes of his life. The girl, only known as Witness #8 previously, is due to testify today. Identified in court on Monday only as Rachel, a friend of Martin from Miami, she received a running account about what was happening, starting when he noticed a man, Zimmerman, watching him in the gated central Florida community he was visiting.
17-year-old Trayvon was unarmed at the time when Zimmerman shot him. During the phone call, Martin told Rachel that he noticed Zimmerman watching him. In a previous written testimony, Rachel described Martin as being scared and she urged Trayvon to run.
She last heard Martin say, “why are you following me” after which she said she heard what sounded like Martin falling. Then the phone line went dead.
The Martin family lawyer, Ben Crump, has said her testimony helps destroy Zimmerman’s claim that he acted in self-defense.