It’s been exactly one year since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and Rachel Jeantel, Martin’s friend who testified on his behalf, is now speaking out.
CNN recently interviewed Jeantel, and asked if she blamed herself when Zimmerman was acquitted. “A little bit,” she replied. Asked if she should have said something different or acted differently on the stand, she answered, “Act different.” Jeantel said the jurors in the case didn’t take her seriously as a witness, because they judged the way she spoke and her looks.
Since the trial, Jeantel has turned her life around. She’s gone through tutoring and graduated high school. Jeantel is also scheduled to attend college in the fall.
She credits the turnaround to her experience with the trial, saying she kept her word to Trayvon Martin to complete her high school education.
But the frank attitude she displayed in the courtroom was still there when the reporter asked her what she would say to Zimmerman today. “He did wrong, and he’s got to man up to it,” she said. “To me, you’re not a man, George Zimmerman’s not a man. That’s still a little boy, with a grown body.”
Check out the interview below: