Reporter's Notebook: At the Zimmerman trial
Things got testy Wednesday at George Zimmerman’s murder trial between defense lawyer Don West and the state’s star witness, Rachel Jeantel.
Jeantel, 19, was on the phone with her friend, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, when he encountered Zimmerman minutes before he died.
Although Jeantel referred to West as “Mr. Don” at one point, the cordial references quickly went south.
“Are you with me?” West asked Jeantel during his questioning.
“No, you lost me,” Jeantel responded acidly.
“You can go. You can go!” Jeantel said later to West when he paused before a question.
“I’m sorry,” West responded cooly. “It takes me a little while to think of the next question.”
Toward the end of the back and forth, the tension rose.
“You listening?” Jeantel asked West at one point.
West asked her why she had not told the truth about the reason she did not attend Martin’s wake.
“You think I really wanted to see the body after being the last person to speak with Trayvon?” she asked incredulously. Jeantel had told Martin’s family that she had to go to the hospital.
At one point, West made a reference in open court to returning in the morning to continue the cross-examination of Jeantel.
“I’m leaving today,” Jeantel told West.
“Are you refusing to come back tomorrow?” West asked dryly.
A few moments later, Judge Debra Nelson decided to recess, with Jeantel expected to return.
“What?” Jeantel said.
West said he needed a couple more hours to complete the cross-examination.
Via: Fox News