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July 19th, 2013
02:02 PM ET

Rachel Jeantel on her reaction to the Zimmerman verdict: "Disappointed. Upset."

Editor's note: Due to high demand, Piers Morgan's interview with Rachel Jeantel will re-air in its entirety tonight at 9.

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Live" has the interview you've been waiting for. Less than a week since the Zimmerman verdict was read, tonight Rachel Jeantel sits down with Piers Morgan for a fascinating – and completely candid – exclusive interview.

Sharing her first public comments since testifying, the young woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin shortly before his death offers her reaction to the jury's decision, using several single word sentences:

"Disappointed. Upset. Angry," reveals Jeantel, as a studio audience hangs on every syllable. "Mad."

When asked by the host for her response to the jury concluding that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense, tonight's guest is forthright, and succinct:

"B.S. Just B.S."

As the polarizing interview continues, the young woman who had unwillingly becoming the star of the trial as the prosecution's presumed key witness remembers her late friend:

"He was a calm, chill, loving person. Loved his family, definitely his mother. And a good friend."

Watch the rest of the clip as Jeantel describes the hours she and Martin spent on the phone talking about "what we were going to be in life, how life's going to happen," and then tune in a 9 for the complete interview with a woman who shows a completely different side of herself.
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  1. Matt Allman

    Please replace Piers with someone that understands the issues. Last evening he has a rapist and two pastors. Piers is not from here thus does not understand the dynamics of the Trayvon Martin story and many other stories. He interjects he own biased opinion too much and I have have had enough of it. I will not watch anymore and I hope more people see it as I do and do the same.

    July 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. inobu

    There are multiple factors in this case each having its impact on the out come. The case has been segmented to a point that no one can see the dynamics involved in the case.

    The converging point –
    If Trayvon would have been 1 minute slower in walking back from 7/11 George Zimmerman would not have seen him. George stated that he was driving to the store when he saw Trayvon walking through the shortcut in between the homes. The event starts here. What are the factors involved? That is the first focus point

    The 911 call –
    George Zimmermans reenactment is not consistent with the 911 call. George's location become critical in establishing the intent and who was the aggressor. A problem in the story develop in the laps of time between the 911 call. The re-enactment cannot account for the laps in time between the 911 calls that Zimmerman made the other 911 calls. This opens the door for questioning the facts in his account.

    Act of surprise –
    During a confrontation the aggressor can achieve dominance based on the element of surprise but can lose the position later in the attack. It could have been Trayvon on the bottom and his fear for his life that he turned the situation. Was have seen a bully start a fight only to end up on the bottom screaming for help.

    Scream for help –
    Two different screams – One scream is more pronounced than the other. The oddity is the tone of the scream just before the shot. The first round of screaming is different and pleading the shot before the shot does not have the same level of intent.

    There are so many important issues to focus on then just race. Race has its factor but it is the actions that lead to the shooting that people should question and investigate.

    July 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • inobu

      Scream for help –
      Two different screams – One scream is more pronounced than the other. The oddity is the tone of the scream just before the shot. The first round of screaming is different and pleading the scream before the shot does not have the same level of intent. Meaning the scream lacks emotion.

      July 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nat

    Did anyone consider asking George Zimmermans, did he pushed Trayvon Martin in the chest?

    July 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Colt

    It's impossible for any fair minded person to watch PML. The bias and lending questions make my skin cringe.

    July 20, 2013 at 1:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Karen

    Piers Morgan interviewing Rachel Jeantel with anything akin to acceptance and understanding is laughable. He is a pompous person (since I can't use that other word that begins with a 'p').

    July 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jim Sigrist

    Why is no one talking about the real issue? Men are taught to resolve conflict with violence. The George Zimmerman vs. Trayvon Martin case was about two men addressing conflict between them with force which turned to lethal force. On the periphery of this case is gun violence and racial profiling which are separate issues which need addressing but were only tangential factors which were not factors for the jurors to consider in deciding this case.

    At the point when George Zimmerman calculated that one more blow to his head against the concrete may be his last, he was justified in rendering lethal force in response to his life being threatened. The jury got it right. The only answer is teaching men that it is more honorable to walk away from a fight and quit glorifying violence i.e. war, MMA, boxing, and the political lobbying of the gun manufactures disguised as the NRA.

    July 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Judy

    I was appaulled with your interview of Jeantel last night. It's people like you and the media that inflame the country by repeating interviews that can cause violence. Give it a rest and interview someone with something worthwhile to say . How could you possible agree with what she said? She hardly made sense!
    They should take you off the air!

    July 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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