Rachel Jeantel was the last person to speak with murdered teenager Trayvon Martin, and she called “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and gave listeners a chance to get to know her. In addition to talking about possible majors and her career plans now that she’s been offered a scholarship to the HBCU of her choice from Tom Joyner, she spoke about the verdict she expected from the George Zimmerman trial.
Now that many people feel justice was not served for her deceased friend Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel intends on fighting for justice. In this interview, she offers insight into what Trayvon was really like. Plus, her lawyer speaks on jurors disregard of Rachel’s testimony in the trial of George Zimmerman.
Listen to the interview right here, and read the full transcript of the on-air conversation below. Hear more interesting interviews on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” weekdays from 6-10 am EST.
RICKEY SMILEY: The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. I want you all to welcome to the show, y’all probably know from the Trayvon Martin case, she’s a friend of Trayvon Martin, the last person to talk to him. We got Rachel Jeantel on the phone. Y’all probably seen her on the Reverend Al Sharpton Show yesterday, and she was on CNN and everybody’s familiar with Rachel Jeanteal. Rachel, good morning.
RACHEL JEANTEL: Good morning. Rickey Smiley.
RS: What you doing?
RJ: I just got (laugh), I just got out of bed.
RS: Oh, okay. Hey, thank you for being on with us this morning.
RJ: You’re welcome.
RS: Yeah. And everything has been going good with you?
RS: Yeah? And I know you’ve been prob—been real busy since the trial. Uh, you went to New York to do the Reverend Al Sharpton Show. Did you have a good time in New York?
RJ: Yes, I did.
RS: I know you did.
EBONY STEELE: All right, Rachel Jeanteal, of course her attorney Rod Vereen is on the phone as well. Star witness in the trial prosecuting the man who murdered her best friend, Trayvon Martin. So, Rachel, so many questions that we, everybody wants to ask because you’re just so intriguing. And at the end of the trial what was the first feeling that you felt? Maybe an obvious question when the verdict came down. What did you feel like was going to happen? And how did you feel when it did?