Martin testimony wraps up

Conflicting accounts highlight trial so far
Associated Press
Jun 30, 2013

 

The first week of George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial wrapped up with testimony from two neighbors and a police officer that seemed to bolster the defense's argument that he was pinned on his back by Trayvon Martin before shooting the teen.

Neighbor Jonathan Good testified Friday that it appeared the unarmed teen was straddling the neighborhood watch volunteer, while another neighbor, Jonathan Manalo, said Zimmerman seemed credible when he said just after the fight that he shot Martin in self-defense. Officer Tim Smith testified that Zimmerman's back side was covered in grass and wetter than his front side.

All three were called as witnesses for prosecutors who are trying to convict him of second-degree murder.

Good, who had perhaps the best view of any witness, said he did not see anyone's head being slammed into the concrete sidewalk, as Zimmerman claims Martin 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.

Zimmerman has claimed that he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin in February 2012 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, Good said he never saw anyone being attacked that way. Good said he heard a noise behind his townhome and he saw what looked like a tussle when he stepped out onto his patio. He said he yelled: "What's going on? Stop it."

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. Good was back inside calling 911 when he heard a gunshot.

"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.

Manalo, whose wife had testified earlier in the week, was the first neighbor to step outside and see what happened with his flashlight after he heard a gunshot. He took cellphone photos of a bloodied Zimmerman and Martin's body, and those photos were shown to jurors on Friday. Manalo also described Martin's hands as being under his body.

Manalo said Zimmerman didn't appear shocked and acted calmly. After police officers arrived and handcuffed Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer asked Manalo to call his wife and tell her what happened.

Manalo started to tell Zimmerman's wife that her husband had been involved in a shooting and was being questioned by police when "he cut me off and said, 'Just tell her I shot someone,'" Manalo said.

Under cross-examination, Manalo said when he asked Zimmerman what happened, the neighborhood watch volunteer told him, "I was defending myself and I shot him."

"From what you could tell at that moment, that seemed completely true?" asked defense attorney Don West.

"Yes," Manalo said.

Smith, the police officer, testified that when he saw Zimmerman after the shooting, the neighborhood watch volunteer's backside was covered in grass and wetter than his front side, bolstering defense attorneys' contention that Martin was on top of Zimmerman.

As he walked to the squad car after he had been handcuffed, Zimmerman told the officer that "he was yelling for help and nobody would come help him," Smith said.

"It was almost a defeated ... a confused look on his face," Smith said.

Smith said Zimmerman described himself as "lightheaded" during the drive to Sanford Police Station but declined an offer to take him to a hospital.

The physician's assistant who treated Zimmerman the next day said that Zimmerman complained of feeling nauseated upon reflecting what had happened. But Lindzee Folgate attributed that to psychological factors rather than any physical condition. She also said it appeared his nose was broken, but it was impossible to say for sure since no X-rays were taken. She recommended he see an ear-and-nose doctor and a psychologist.

When O'Mara asked if abrasions on his head were consistent with someone who had his had slammed into concrete, Folgate said, "it could be consistent, yes."

She also testified that Zimmerman had written on a form reciting his medical history that he was exercising three times a week by doing mixed martial arts, a statement that prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked her to repeat.

Paramedic Stacy Livingston, who responded to the shooting scene, testified Zimmerman had a swollen, bleeding nose and two cuts on the back of his head an inch long. When O'Mara asked if Zimmerman should have been concerned with his medical well-being because of his injuries, Livingston said, "Possibly."

When photos of Martin's body were shown on a courtroom projector during Livingston's testimony, Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, looked away and blinked back tears.

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Comments

Contango

Re: "America considers you BLACK."

BS. YOU define yourself. And you tell others how you want to be treated.

You've swallowed the whole "Gospel of Victimology" hook, line and sinker haven't you.

deertracker

BRAVO! You do define yourself but the one drop rule applies! Your rules. I define myself as a black American. Sandtown would be wise to do the same.

Contango

Re: "I define myself as a black American."

I define myself as American.

You poor, poor thing.

deertracker

Ease up off the KESSLERS pooh!

sandtown born a...

Bro? I can guarantee Im not your brother I don't act white or black I act like a responsible adult with enough sense to know the difference. I speak like I learned the English language, I don't speak ghetto, white, black or the newest slang. You have racist views towards the white community and then talk about racism that's deep.

deertracker

I can guarantee you that I too was taught how to speak English. I don't know what "ghetto" is. I was also taught how to spell, write, proper etiquette and all that and guess what? My mom AND dad are black. So see, you are nothing special in the eyes of society. What have I written here that is a racist view? I have no issues with the white community or any other community but facts are facts. Don't hate the playa, hate the game! Is that too ghetto for you? Even responsible adults are cultured. BTW, my kids have good hair too!

Contango

Re: "What have I written here that is a racist view?"

From another story:

"Just sit on your back porch with your can of chew and Folgers coffee can. Don't forget the wife beater! Get them that varmints!"

- deertracker, 07/01/2013, 1:44 PM.

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

How is that not bigoted and potentially racist?

You're delusional DERPtracker.

deertracker

You think that is racist or "potentially" racist? Your comment directly speaks to racism. How did you interpret that pooh?

The Big Dog's back

Ever notice all these right wingers claim to be businessmen when it comes to voting. Now they are claiming they are bi-racial and have black relatives to deflect from their racism?

deertracker

Well, I have black relatives too! White ones too. That proves I am not racist! Right? LOL!

The Big Dog's back

I call Bullspit sandtown.

deertracker

Identity crisis is very evident with sandtown.

sandtown born a...

Oh wait NOPE I STILL DONT CARE what your racist tail thinks of me or mines to be pacific your racist views of honkeys or crackers now axe yourself do I sound black enough for you???

deertracker

Don't flatter yourself. I don't think of you at all. No, you sound stupid not black. You can try all you want to placate your white side by speaking down about your black side but YOU ARE STILL BLACK. Stop hating yourself.

sandtown born a...

Sounds like the prosecution is falling on their faces with proving anything other than the defenses case for them. The activists should be calling for peace if and when the not guilty verdict is announced. YEAH RIGHT that won't happen you will be hearing of a legal system who discriminates against minorities and then the riots will start just wait for it

deertracker

Commit a crime then tell us all about our legal system! Don't get it twisted! YOU ARE BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Contango

Re: "Commit a crime then tell us all about our legal system!"

What crime did you have in mind?

You POOR, POOR thing. America has been SO UNFAIR to YOU!!!

deertracker

Walking while BLACK will do. Stay out of Florida!

Contango

Re: "Walking while BLACK will do. Stay out of Florida!"

You poor, poor victim; surprising that you can carry on.

So you get hassled all the time huh?

Maybe you should move outa country and go to where you'll be more respected.

deertracker

I'm not a victim or the victim here but Trayvon was a victim that night. A dead one! Stay out of Florida. Especially Naples.

sandtown born a...

I'm sure it was just a injustice somewhere else being made right huh

KURTje

He said he's moving to Texas...where black men got released because of DNA testing.

goofus

My winter residence is a gated community near Sanford, than you Mr. Zimmerman for your service

The Big Dog's back

Maybe you can visit him in jail.

stayfit

To Deertracker, you have no sense of culture. I suggest you look up the definition for cognitive dissonance. You have irrational thinking and you correlate unrelated points to make your arguments valid, when they are from valid.

You have yet to show an open mind and you support your claims by "my kids have good hair" or "I learned the English language" or "my I have white relatives."

What a joke. What is sad is there are people with far more irrational thinking than you - such as the New Black Panther Party.

At least you are not saying to "kill Cr**ckers." View the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h...

deertracker

You do not know me or anything about me so I choose to disregard your entire comment!

The Big Dog's back

The "new black panther party"? Are you for real?

beepx22

You are aware of the "new black panthers" right?

The Big Dog's back

Yeah, all 3 members.

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