Rachel Jeantel, the unforgettable witness in the George Zimmerman case, bluntly dismisses the neighborhood watchman's acquittal for killing her friend Trayvon Martin as "BS." Speaking to Piers Morgan on CNN Monday, she said the assault was racially motivated and would have never happened if her friend, whom she was on the phone with at the time, were white.
"It was racial. Let's be honest, racial. If Trayvon was white and he had a hoodie on, would that happen?" she told the British journalist. Jeantel, 19, then said the jury’s innocent verdict, which meant they believed Zimmerman acted in self-defense, was “BS.”
"[Martin] was trying to get home," Jeantel said. "And he was. And that's a fact."
Jeantel, who was on the phone with her friend just before he died, also scorned Zimmerman for not taking the stand in his defense.
"If you were a real man you would have stand on that stage and tell what happened," she said. The 19-year-old made it clear she did not want to give her testimony during the trial, and even rolled her eyes at times.
Juror B37, one of the six women who found Zimmerman not guilty (and at first said she was going to write a book about the trial and then recanted), said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" Monday night that she "felt sorry" for Jeantel, but didn’t think she was a credible witness.
"She didn't ask to be in this place. She wanted to go. She wanted to leave. She didn't want to be any part of his jury [sic]. I think she felt inadequate toward everyone because of her education and her communications skills. I just felt sadness for her."
The unnamed juror added, according to AL.com, "I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done.”
"But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong."
Check out a clip from Jeantel's interview below:
Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news for the International Business Times....