Martin friend resumes testimony at Zimmerman trial

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A friend of Trayvon Martin who was the last person to talk to the teen before his encounter with George Zimmerman is back on the witness stand for a second day in the neighborhood watch volunteer's murder trial.
   
Rachel Jeantel took the stand Thursday. She is one of the prosecution's most important witnesses because she bolsters the contention that Zimmerman was the aggressor in his confrontation with 17-year-old Martin. She was on the phone with Martin moments before he was fatally shot.
   
Defense attorney Don West began challenging Jeantel on Thursday about her different accounts of what happened.
   
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - One of the prosecution's most important witnesses in the Trayvon Martin murder case will face a second round of defense questioning about what she heard while on the phone with the teen right before he was killed.
   
Nineteen-year-old Rachel Jeantel's testimony that will continue Thursday is considered important to the state's case. She was the last person to talk to the 17-year-old Martin before his encounter with defendant George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2012.
   
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder.
   
Jeantel bolsters prosecutors' contention that Zimmerman was the aggressor in his confrontation with Martin.
   
She says Martin told her a man was following him. Later, she heard what sounded like Martin's phone earpiece drop into the grass and she heard him say, "Get off! Get off!"

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