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Friend: Trayvon Martin encounter racially charged

3 years 10 months 4 weeks ago June 27, 2013 Jun 27, 2013 Thursday, June 27 2013 June 27, 2013 9:22 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. - A friend of Trayvon Martin's who was on the phone with him shortly before his fatal fight with George Zimmerman says she thought the encounter was racially charged.

Rachel Jeantel testified on Thursday for the second day in a row, saying she thought race was an issue because Martin told her he was being followed by a "creepy" man. He used a slur for white people in describing the man.

Her answer came in response to questioning from defense attorney Don West about why she had given differing accounts about what she had heard.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder in Martin's fatal shooting. He claims self-defense.

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