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A friend who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman testified that she told the Miami teen to run after he told her he thought he was being followed.
 
Rachel Jeantel, also known as "Witness 8," testified Wednesday in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial.  She is considered one of the prosecution's most important witnesses.
 
Jeantel said Martin told her that he thought he had evaded the man following him. But a short time later, Martin let out a profanity on the phone.
 
Jeantel testified that Martin then said Zimmerman was behind him and she heard Martin ask: "What are you following me for?"
 
She says she heard Martin's phone headset fall and then Martin say "Get off!"

Earlier Wednesday, a former neighbor of Zimmerman testified that she heard a cry for help and gunshots the night Trayvon Martin was fatally shot.

Jayne Surdyka, who made a 911 call after the confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin, said she heard "pop, pop, pop." Only one shot was fired during the Feb. 26, 2012, encounter in Zimmerman's gated Sanford community.

"I truly believe the second yell for help was a yelp," said Surdyka, who later dabbed away tears as prosecutors played her 911 call. "It was excruciating. I really felt it was a boy's voice."

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Other neighbors also have testified they heard cries for help, captured on 911 calls to police. Both Martin and Zimmerman's families contend that the cries were from their relative. In an pretrial hearing, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson disallowed expert testimony from audio experts who analyzed the 911 calls, saying the methods behind the analysis are not reliable.

A young woman considered to be one of the state's star witnesses may testify as early as today. Rachel Jeantel, previously identified only as "Witness 8," has been described as Martin's girlfriend and was allegedly on the phone with him before he was shot.

Earlier Wednesday, Nelson ruled to allow jurors to hear five previous calls to police by Zimmerman to report "suspicious" characters. They were about break-ins that happened months before the shooting.

Prosecutor Richard Mantei said the calls are necessary to understand Zimmerman's state of mind in the minutes before he fatally shot Martin. The calls show that Zimmerman had growing ill-will toward people walking in or near his neighborhood, Mantei said.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said the calls were irrelevant to the Martin shooting.

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In the calls, Zimmerman identifies himself as a neighborhood watch volunteer and recounts that his neighborhood has had a rash of recent break-ins. In one call, he asks that officers respond quickly because the suspects "typically get away quickly."

On Tuesday, the first witness to the confrontation took the stand, and sparks flew as the defense picked apart her testimony and called her out for her social media activity.

Selene Bahadoor was a witness for the prosecution, but it was hard to tell for which side the witness was testifying.

"I saw figures, arms flailing," Bahadoor said. "It looked like arms moving."

Bahadoor said she left to turn off a stove and then heard a gunshot. When she looked out, she said she saw a body in the grass behind her townhome.

"It sounded like running from left to right in the rear pathway," she said, describing her accounts of what happened on the night of the shooting.

The statement implied that Zimmerman ran after Martin.

O'Mara quickly brought her testimony into question.

"Could it be that the first time you mentioned this new piece of evidence is just now, as you testified?" he asked.

"It could be. I don't know," she replied.

O'Mara also grilled Bahadoor about a Facebook post which appeared to show she was a Martin supporter. O'Mara approached Bahadoor and directed her attention to a laptop.

"Tell me what that says on your Facebook front page right there?" he pointed and asked. "Read that."

"Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Sign the petition," Bahadoor replied.

O'Mara also confronted Bahadoor with a post she made on Facebook in which she "liked" a petition that championed the arrest of Zimmerman.

Earlier Tuesday, jurors were presented with evidence gathered in the fatal shooting, including the package of Skittles, an Arizona Ice Tea can and the hoodie worn by Martin the night he died in February 2012.

Jurors also were shown graphic pictures of the teenager's body and bullet wound.

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Jurors showed little emotion. But Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, appeared anguished and walked out of the courtroom. Sybrina Fulton, the teen's mother, looked away.

A Sanford Police sergeant who was one of the officers to arrive on the scene also testified. Sgt. Tony Raimondo said he tried to seal a bullet wound in Martin's chest with a plastic bag and attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Bubbling sounds indicated air was escaping the teen's chest, Raimondo said. Martin was pronounced dead a short time later.

A crime-scene technician was questioned about taking DNA samples from the scene of the shooting.

"I processed the grip," Diana Smith said.

None of Zimmerman's DNA was found on the unarmed 17-year-old's body, and none of Martin's DNA was found on the weapon, suggesting there may not have been a struggle between the two.

But defense attorney Don West questioned that conclusion.

"Someone could touch something and not leave enough skin cells behind for there to be any DNA analysis possible -- that is correct?" he asked.

The president of the homeowners association at The Retreat at Twin Lakes, where the shooting occurred, testified that Zimmerman initiated the neighborhood watch program there.

"He went to the police. He got this whole thing started so it was his program. I don't think we needed it, no," Donald O'Brien said.

The state has tried to label Zimmerman a "vigilante" and "wannabe cop."

Under Florida law, Zimmerman, 29, could shoot Martin in self-defense if it was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm. If convicted, Zimmerman could face a potential life sentence.

Information from The Associated Press and FoxNews.com was used in this report.

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