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Witness in Zimmerman trial scrubs Twitter account before testifying

Rachel Jeantel, 19, received a call from Trayvon Martin just before he was killed by George Zimmerman.


Kris Holt


Posted on Jun 27, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 12:33 pm CDT

Several tweets about getting drunk and high were removed from the Twitter account of a key witness in George Zimmerman‘s murder trial.

The tweets were scrubbed from Rachel Jeantel’s Twitter account Tuesday as she prepared to testify Wednesday about a phone call she had with Trayvon Martin right before the 17-year-old was killed by Zimmerman in Feb. 2012, The Smoking Gun reported. 

According to Jeantel, 19, Martin claimed he was being followed by a white man who wanted to know what he was doing inside a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Martin asked the man “Why you following me for?” before Jeantel heard a bump sound and Martin saying “Get off.” 

Dozens of tweets vanished from Jeantel’s Twitter account, according to the Smoking Gun, including photos of liquor bottles, “sexually suggestive” images, and a tweet reading “court nails” linking to an image of painted fingernails. She also wrote about having “jackass lawyers on my ass” and tweets such as “Omg everybody high.”

Many of the tweets she wrote on the anniversary of Martin’s death were removed, including “Omg people calling n praying n shit lol I need a drink smoke and a pray my head killing me right now cannot wait when this day end.”

In March, it was revealed Jeantel had lied under oath. She had claimed she did not attend Martin’s funeral due to a hospitalization. “Jus got home n hear wat was going and I’m angry,” she wrote in now-removed tweets, seemingly in response to reports about her lie. “remember who cause the funeral to happen keep it 100% Mr.ass hoe damn they p*ssed me off.”

Jeantel also seemed to make reference to Zimmerman’s brother Robert Jr., after the latter testified on his brother’s behalf on May 28 and carried out a press conference in which he argued his brother’s innocence and called for the second-degree murder charges to be dropped. 

“Omg can somebody Robert jr shut the fuck up with his life story,” Jeantel wrote in a now-deleted tweet that day. “This shit right here goin make me smoke I need a drink a Lott,” she added later.

The case has played out in part online. Last year, Zimmerman’s lawyers were granted access to Martin’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Zimmerman’s brother was accused of being racist after posting a photo on Twitter, for which he later apologized, while Zimmerman’s Facebook page was taken down after it drew racist comments. Zimmerman also posted bail after requesting donations online.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, saying he was acting in self-defense under Florida’s stand-your-ground law.

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*First Published: Jun 27, 2013, 12:04 pm CDT