The trial seems to have one witness who becomes something of a sensation.
And in this trial, as millions have now seen,
that witness is Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel.
She's been, like the case itself, polarizing.
Today she seemed to be at times less combative , not always,
though, as you'll see in this exchange with the defense attorney Don West which starts with,
yes, sir, but builds to something a lot stronger.
Take a look.
He told me the dude was close to him.
Right, at that point he decided to approach this man and say, why are you following me?
Yes, sir. And he could have just run home if he wasn't there.
He was already by his house. He told me.
Of course, you don't know if he was telling you the truth or not.
Why he need to lie about that, sir?
Maybe if he decided to assault George Zimmerman, he didn't want you to know about it.
That's real retarded , sir. I'm sorry?
That's real retarded to do that, sir. And you don't know the person. Why?
Trayvon did not know him.
Rachel Jeantel today, her second day in the spotlight .
Her performance on the stand more polished than yesterday, still raising eyebrows and as 360's Randi Kaye reports,
none of that attention is especially welcome.
Rachel Jeantel never wanted any of this.
No media glare, no attention, and no tough questions about her phone call with Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot.
That may be why she lied about her age.
Did you say that you were 16 so that you could try to maintain more privacy? Yes.
So you wanted to make yourself seem like a minor, so that maybe there wouldn't be as much public disclosure as if you said your true age of 18? Yes.
Today Rachel Jeantel is 19, and her life story from what we can piece together is more exposed than she had ever dreamed.
She attended Miami Norland Senior High School and according to her Facebook page took classes in criminal justice at Miami University,
though the school tells us they have no record of her.
She's from north Miami where she says she and Trayvon Martin had met in elementary school.
eager to fight or argue
The fox terrier has a combative disposition.
to come near or nearer to something or someone in space, time, quality, or amount
He still had not the courage to approach her.
a violent attack
Trainee commandos are put through an exhausting assault course.
to make something slower
Cold weather retards the growth of the crops.
(of a person) receiving a lot of public attention
She is tired of being in the spotlight.