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Cell phone slashes self-defense claim in murder trial

A girl who overheard some of the conversation between Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, can help to prove that he was murdered in cold blood, a lawyer for the Martin family claimed on Tuesday.

The girl, who was involved in a relationship with the 17 year old, “completely blows Zimmerman’s absurd self defense claim out of the water”, attorney Benjamin Crump says.  The unidentified girl “connects the dots” as to what really happened that day as she overheard it during a conversation with her boyfriend on her old cell phone.

Martin was shot dead on the 26th of last month while walking to the home of his father’s fiancé in Sanford following a trip to a convenience store.  Martin was on the phone prior to being shot and told his girlfriend that he was trying to get away from someone who was following him, Crump has revealed.  The girl says that she overheard another man ask her boyfriend what he was doing and heard Martin ask why the person was following him.  There then followed what sounded like an altercation after which the phone was disconnected.

Crump says that if the teenager had somehow been “up to no good”, he would hardly have been chatting on his cell phone with his girlfriend at the time and that suggestions that Martin was “high” are a “preposterous” lie so Zimmerman “can justify killing this kid in cold blood”.