At trial, an attorney must structure questions that will elicit evidentiary statements from the witness. During the cross-examination of Rachel Jeantel, attorney Don West wasn’t trying to elicit evidentiary statements from the witness for the most part. Attorney Don West was exploiting Rachel Jeantel’s inability to be sophisticated. However, that doesn’t mean that Rachel Jeantel was incapable of telling the truth which is the reason she was called to the witness stand in the first place. Rachel Jeantel testified Trayvon Martin had told her that some “creepy-ass cracker,” George Zimmerman, was following him and that Trayvon Martin was trying to get away from George Zimmerman. The root word of “creepy” is “creep” and has evidentiary significance because it means that someone is using stealth to approach a person from behind. That’s what Rachel Jeantel testified that Trayvon Martin had told her. Also, Rachel Jeantel’s testimony made George Zimmerman the primary aggressor when she stated that while on the cell phone with Trayvon Martin she heard a man breathing hard ask Trayvon Martin, “What are you doing around here?” That testimony guaranteed that George Zimmerman will be taking the stand in his own defense as no one can refute the testimony of Rachel Jeantel but George Zimmerman. Attorneys Don West and Mark O’Marra would like to destroy Rachel Jeantel’s credibilty as her testimony puts their client George Zimmerman in the hot seat. This is why Rachel Jeantel is subject to being recalled by the defense.
Frank Sinatra is said to have referred to Ronald Reagan as “dumb and dangerous” in the “Unauthorized Biography of Nancy Reagan,” authored by Kitty Kelly. When it comes to Rachel Jeantel’s testimony in the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman, the phrase “dumb and dangerous” holds truth. Everyone seems to be harping on the fact that there are 6 female jurors, 5 White and 1 Black/ Hispanic. Maybe it’s because the television doesn’t show the jurors, but each of the jurors are taking notes to bring with them when it’s time to deliberate. Rachel Jeantel’s testimony is being preserved and these jurors will consider it during deliberation. These are 5 intelligent White females and 1 intelligent Black/Hispanic female. Once the domestic violence testimony is presented to the jury, George Zimmerman could possibly lose face with the jury he selected.
Rachel Jeantel said she heard Trayvon Martin fall and his audio ear buds were moving about in what sounded like “wet grass.” Photos of Trayvon Martin’s body reveal that he was in the grass. All the witnesses who were at the scene of Trayvon Martin’s death have testified that it was raining that night. Therefore, Rachel’s testimony is consistent with the factual evidence. However, many are having a problem trying to understand how Trayvon Martin allegedly banged George Zimmerman’s head on the concrete when the coup de grace took place so far away from the cement walkway. The location of Trayvon’s dead body is very telling as it appears to be several feet away from the cement walkway. If George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin out of fear that his head would “explode” from being forcefully banged on the cement, Trayvon Martin’s body should have been closer to the cement. Common sense would lead to no other conclusion!
Mr. Malano, the first witness to arrive on the scene, testified that when he arrived he saw George Zimmerman getting up from atop of Trayvon’s body. Another undisputed fact is that it was dark outside when Trayvon was killed. A static fact is that Trayvon Martin was killed exactly where Mr. Malano had photographed his body. Mr. Good, the resident who watched the incident from the terrace, is the only witness who testified that Trayvon Martin was atop of George Zimmerman using a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) “ground and pound” technique. What I find troubling about this testimony is that George Zimmerman was studying Mixed Martial Arts several times a week as stated by Physician Assistant Lindzee Folgate. Mr. Good also testified that he didn’t watch MMA fights on television; however, he was familiar with the “ground and pound” MMA jargon.
There’s something fishy about Mr. Good’s testimony because he stated that he saw Trayvon Martin straddling George Zimmerman and extending his arms out to the side. George Zimmerman told the Sanford Police Department investigators the day after the killing at the scene of the crime that he was on Trayvon Martin’s back extending his arms out to the side. Obviously, Mr. Good had the characters mixed-up. Mr. Malano, the first witness to arrive on the scene, said Trayvon Martin’s hands were under his chest as he laid face-down. Mr. Good’s testimony is very suspect and sounds like he may have spoken to George Zimmerman sometime after the shooting. When George Zimmerman takes the stand he will be forced to tell the jury exactly what he told the Sanford Police Department investigators the day after the killing at the crime scene. The prosecution needs to speak with someone who saw George Zimmerman’s face prior to the incident as George Zimmerman may have already sustained the injuries from a MMA session and aggravated the injury after he killed Trayvon Martin.
For those of you who think Rachel Jeantel did an awful job on the witness stand, wait until you hear George Zimmerman testify. Here’s a man who was carrying a gun and was prescribed psychotropic medication the night he killed Trayvon Martin. Physician Assistant Lindzee Folgate said she told George Zimmerman to follow-up with a visit to his psychologist. It’s probable that the State Attorneys will call George Zimmerman’s psychiatrist to testify that he was prescribed Restoril which is a psychotic medication with the side effects being “aggressiveness” and “hallucination.” Once again, Rachel Jeantel said she heard George Zimmerman breathing hard prior to asking Trayvon Martin, “What are you doing around here?” That’s one of the side-effect of being on Restoril. George Zimmerman told Sean Hannity that he didn’t think he had shot Trayvon Martin. However, George Zimmerman told an investigator at the Sanford Police Department that during the struggle his weapon was exposed when Trayvon Martin tried to grab it from his holster. According to George Zimmerman, he managed to pin Trayvon Martin’s hand between his arm pit. At that point, George Zimmerman told Sanford Police Department investigators that he grabbed his gun, “aimed,” and fired a single shot. Therefore, when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin it wasn’t a thoughtless reflex that left Trayvon Martin dead. George Zimmerman admitted that he had time to think about where he was going to shoot Trayvon Martin when he “aimed” for Trayvon Martin’s heart. Unfortunately, this does not sound like Manslaughter (unintentional murder), George Zimmerman’s own statement to the Sanford Police Department investigators reveals it was Murder in the Second degree (intentional murder).
Seeing that Trayvon Martin’s body was located several feet from the cement walkway takes a stretch of imagination to believe what appears to be a hallucination. More importantly, Mr. Good’s testimony and George Zimmerman’s statement to the Sanford Police Department that someone’s arms were being extended to the side of the body is another blatant hallucination as Mr. Malano discovered George Zimmerman rising from Trayvon Martin’s dead body and he noted that Trayvon Martin’s hands were under his chest. Also, Mr. Malano photographed Trayvon Martin’s body in the location where George Zimmerman had risen from the dead body.
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