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Zimmerman defense pushes hard in cross-examination

Friend of Martin pressed on slight inconsistencies

SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s defense attorney insisted during several testy exchanges with a important prosecution witness Thursday that Trayvon Martin injected race into a confrontation with the neighborhood watch volunteer and insinuated the woman was not believable because of inconsistencies in her story.

However, Rachel Jeantel, 19, stood firm in her testimony about the night Zimmerman shot the unarmed black 17-year-old after a fight that Jeantel said she overheard while on the phone with Martin.

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