Identity of Witness #8, Girl Who Was on Phone with Trayvon Martin, to Be Released

The identity of Witness#8 will be revealed on Tuesaday in the George Zimmerman murder trial. She is the girl with whom Trayvon Martin was conversing with on the phone when he was gunned down in Sanford, Fla.

The teenage girl, known as Witness #8 until now, was due to testify about what Martin, the unarmed black 17-year-old shot and killed by Zimmerman last year, told her what he saw that night.

Identified in court on Monday only as Rachel, a friend of Martin from Miami, she received a running account about what was happening, starting when he noticed a man, Zimmerman, watching him in the gated central Florida community he was visiting.

In previous written testimony, Rachel described Martin as scared and trying to get away from the man. She was urging him to run. She last heard Martin say, “why are you following me” after which she said she heard what sounded like Martin falling. Then the phone line went dead.

The Martin family lawyer, Ben Crump, has said her testimony helps destroy Zimmerman’s claim that he acted in self-defense. Source: Reuters