George Zimmerman

Neighbor testifies about Martin-Zimmerman fight

George Zimmerman Sanford, Fla. June 27, 2013 Photo / Ap - Orlando Sentinel Jacob Langston, PoolSANFORD, Florida (AP) – A witness who had perhaps the best view of the struggle between the neighborhood watch volunteer and the black teenager he is charged with killing testified Friday that it appeared the unarmed teen was striking the defendant while straddling him.

However, Jonathan Good said he did not see anyone’s head being slammed into the concrete sidewalk, which George Zimmerman has said Trayon Martin, the victim, did to him. Good initially testified that it appeared “there were strikes being thrown, punches being thrown,” but during detailed questioning he said he saw only “downward” arm movements being made.

The case sparked national protests after police failed to charge Zimmerman until 44 days after the killing and the case has prompted a discussion in the U.S. about race and self-defense laws.

Zimmerman has claimed that he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin last year in self-defense as the Miami-area teen was banging his head into the concrete sidewalk behind the townhomes in a gated community.

Under prosecution questioning, Jonathan Good said he never saw anyone being attacked that way during the fight between Zimmerman and Martin.

Good testified he saw a person in black clothing on top of another person with “white or red” clothing. He said he couldn’t see faces but it looked like the person on the bottom had lighter skin. Martin was black and was wearing a dark hoodie. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic and was wearing a red jacket.

“It looked like there were strikes being thrown, punches being thrown,” Good said.

Later, under cross-examination, he said that it looked like the person on top was straddling the person on bottom in a mixed-martial arts move known as “ground and pound.” When defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked him if the person on top was Martin, Good said, “Correct, that’s what it looked like.”

Good also said the person on the bottom yelled for help.

Zimmerman, 29, could get life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. Zimmerman followed Martin in his truck and called a police dispatch number before he and the teen got into a fight.

Zimmerman has denied the confrontation had anything to do with race, as Martin’s family and their supporters have claimed.

Jurors already have been shown some of the state’s biggest pieces of evidence, including the 911 call featuring cries for help prosecutors believe came from Martin.

On Thursday, a friend of Martin who had been on the phone with him when he was shot testified about what she heard during his confrontation with Zimmerman.


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Maria says:

The facts are that GZ was frustrated with so many black crooks in the neighborhood getting away with crime (as per all the 911 calls made by GZ). the facts are that he profiled and followed with a loaded gun an innocent teen. The facts are that he disobeyed the authorities and kept following the kid ( as per Jeantel testimony). The fact is that TM had the rigt to defend himself against an adult threatening him with a weapon. Those are the facts. GZ is toast.

Thori says:

All the prosecutors witnesses have actually been good for the defense. Why would that be ? In my opinion it is because this should have never gone to trial, except that they had to , specially when Obama, Sharpton and everybody else was clamoring. GZ will go free because evidence shows that he acted in self defense. All the comments above don’t state the clear facts that have come into evidence. GZ stopped following TM when he was asked to stop, TM was almost at his Dad’s house as stated by Rachel, TM did come back to where GZ was and asked him why are you following me or something to that effect, nobody knows for sure who started the physical confrontation but GZ was the one with the injuries … people forget that everyday people die due to trauma done with hand blows, so it is conceivable to think that GZ had his life in danger, ( nurse yesterday said that GZ was swallowing his own blood, and that with his nose broken it was getting hard for him to breathe) and now according to the witnesses, specially the Good guy, who was the one that was the closest to the fight, he saw TM on top of GZ with his arms motioning down. The Mora woman saw GZ on top of TM after the gun shot and TM was face down. It’s a tragedy for all parties involved, a 17 yr old is dead, GZ life will never be the same, but it isn’t right to convict a man based on emotions or racial victimization. Stick to the facts.

Julia_h says:

@THORI.. could not agree more!!!!!!!!

Maria says:

If GZ had not had a gun, he would not have the “bravados” to follow TM -never mind confronting him. What a coward.

Maria says:

JUST ME – This kid appears to be used to fighting, and so he responded to the threat of an adult following following him with unclear intentions (now we know with a loaded gun) by “standing his ground”, attacking this stalker. Other kids call 911 or run because they cannot fight. TM could, and he did. TM was the one actually defending himself.

Maria says:

GZ was fed up with police not answering fast enough to the “black punks” in his neighborhood, so when he saw one, he followed him, VERY LIKELY confronted him (why, he was the one with the gun), and when the kid, scared, attacked him and was losing territory, he simply shot him “in self defense”. I hope the jury gets the picture, because this is it.

Just me says:

Wowwwww im afraid to comment because someone might shoot me. Enough said. As far as the kid being treated ad a minor i think its stupid. There are cases were aggressive kids are treated and/ or charged as adults because they act as adults. I mean in my opinion kids dont fight tgey call a grown up or call 911. Why couldnt he go to a house and ask for help if he was really scared. I dont think that shooting the kid was the answer either. But getting life in prison or the seath penalty is not the answer either. Just saying.

Julia_h says:

So agree with you…

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Julia_h says:

Stop putting Color into this…VS was is not white…he is white and Hispanic. Just like the President is black and white come on people

Julia_h says:

Please listen to all the facts before making judgement, this shouldn’t` be judge on age. He was old enough to join the Services that is considered an adult…..

LoveBunny says:

AT 17 yrs old, TM was legally a “minor” and not an “adult”.

Julia_h says:

Love bunny. If your old e enough to fight for your country your an adult, further more most H.O.A. communities have neighborhood watches. My Grandmother participated in neighborhood watches if it had been her, I`m sure she would have been killed. I don`t think it would have mattered she was a little old lady. TM got aggressive for being followed. It wouldn’t have mattered by who, TM acted in a suspicious manner which was why he was being followed……

LoveBunny says:

. . . Looks like GZ had an objective: Trap and kill an AA person who was walking through the subdivision and then be declared a “hero” for that!

Maria says:


LoveBunny says:

It appears that GZ was out just itching for a fight. . . Unfortunately for the 17 yr old TM, GZ was there laying in wait for a “person of color” to walk through that subdivision!

TM was a minor and GZ was an adult. If TM said or did something to make GZ “upset”, well is a 17 yr old supposed to have better judgement than an adult? NO! That is why people under 18 are minors and are not held to the same legal standard of judgement as “adults”. . . GZ knew better but it looked like he wanted to bait a person of color into a vulnerable position. . . “self defense”? REALLY???? Maybe more like a trap!

Maria says:

I agree Kammy!! If George did not do what he did to Trayvon; Trayvon would be alive today.

Kammy says:

Does a red jacket look lighter than a gray sweatshirt in the dark? I wouldn’t think so. But why does it matter who was on top and/or that Trayvon was fighting. I taught my children “flight or fight” if they are approached by a suspicious person. He ran first and when still followed he fought for his life. I don’t see how that makes it alright for a man to shoot an unarmed kid.


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