George Zimmerman Murder Trial: Trayvon Martin's friend resumes testimony

SANFORD, Fla. - One of the most important prosecution witnesses in George Zimmerman's murder trial has left the witness stand.

Rachel Jeantel testified Thursday for a second consecutive day about the last phone call she had with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in the moments before his deadly encounter with Zimmerman.

She is one of the prosecution's most important witnesses since she bolsters prosecutors' contention that Zimmerman was the aggressor in his confrontation with Martin.

Jeantel said she thought the encounter was racially charged.

Jeantel testified 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, claiming self-defense.

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