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Zimmerman Defense Highlights Inconsistencies in Testimony of Key State Witness

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Jacob Langston
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Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman's defense attorneys pointed to several inconsistencies Thursday in the story of a friend who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin at the time of his shooting. Among the inconsistencies was the woman's name.

Rachel Jeantel, 19, told the court she signed her name as Diamond Eugene in a letter to Martin's mother about the shooting. She told a reporter her name was Didi.

Zimmerman defense attorney Don West also asked Jeantel about inconsistencies in the stories she told investigators and attorneys and her testimony in court about the scuffle between Martin and Zimmerman.

"You don't know that do you? 

"No sir.

"You don't know that Trayvon got hit?

"He couldn't...

"You don't know that Trayvon didn't at that moment take his fist and drive it into George Zimmerman's face.

"Please lower your voice.

"Do you?

"No sir.

Jeantel explained some of her inconsistencies. For instance she said she had lied about her age because she wanted to preserve her anonymity.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He says he fired in self-defense.

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