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

deertracker

I bet I know a lot more than you pooh! I also know what it is like to be black.

KnuckleDragger

Actually the one drop rule doesn't apply. All government forms now include white-hispanic, and black-hispanic.

deertracker

Actually, the one drop rule will always apply. How many times have you heard the President referred to as half white? Your rules. Deal with it! Oh, what race is American?

The Big Dog's back

Opinions are like arse holes, everyone has one.

beepx22

So far it seems as if all the eye witnesses corroborate Zimmerman's original statement, the Star Ear Witness has been shown to be an liar, the released phsycial evidence shows that Zimmerman was on the ground being pounded. Next week will be curious, want to see what the Defense shows, but the Prosecution up to this point has done a better job of Winning for the Defense than the Defense has. If Zimmerman get's off, he should pay the prosecution for being so bad at their job.

The Big Dog's back

So let me ask you beep, if an armed Black vigilante, because that's was zim was, were to patrol Perkins or Huron, and he came across a white kid with a hoodie on and confronted him, proceded to fight with him, not even knowing if he did anything wrong, and started to get their butt kicked, would it be OK for that armed Black vigilante to shoot him?

Contango

Re: "if an armed Black vigilante"

Queue "TWILIGHT ZONE" theme music and intro:

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

The Big Dog's back

Racism in you seeping out again?

Contango

Re: "Racism in you seeping out again?"

So why do you hate Hispanics?

Maybe "cuddling up" with your dog will make you feel better. :)

The Big Dog's back

For someone who wants to exterminate all illegal Mexicans, you have no room to talk.

deertracker

You better not be a Black anything in Huron. You'd be hard pressed to see a black cat in Huron!

The Big Dog's back

LOL.

Fromthe419

Now that's some good stuff there, deertracker :)

2cents

The black boys ride passenger seat with Lilly white girls driving in Huron, LOL so often seen!

beepx22

if a black man legally carrying a pistol was attacked by a white thug then yes he'd have every right to defend himself. i think everyone has the right to self defense

deertracker

All I really need to know is did Martin have the right to defend himself?

lmalley77

Of course Martin had the right to defend himself when he was being pursued by an armed man on a mission!!!

KnuckleDragger

Starting a fist fight with someone following you, who hasn't otherwise laid a hand on you is generally not considered self defense.

The Big Dog's back

Oh, you were there knucklehead? By all means let the court know you were there.

deertracker

What crime did Martin commit? I know it bothers you GI Joe but it is not a crime to walk while black. We tell people to be vigilant and when they are we blame them for it.

tk

All of the witnesses saw the end of the fight. The only evidence we have of who started it is from Zimmerman's own mouth when he told the 911 dispatcher that he was following Martin and he was told "We do not need you to do that". But he continued to follow Martin. There is nothing to suggest that Martin had done anything to warrant being followed.

The Big Dog's back

Exactly.

stayfit

Stand Your Ground Law - He was within his right to do so

oheaglefl

To Big Dog, if the white kid did not just go his way and not confront the black vigilante then there would have not been a fight. It goes two ways. Oh, was the black vigilante also a neighborhood watch leader or just some black vigilante roaming the streets trying to cause trouble.

deertracker

The vigilante was Zimmerman. Martin had run to the store to get some snacks before spending time with his family. It was raining so he had the hood of his hoodie covering his head. You keep trying to characterize Martin as someone he was not. The kid broke ABSOLUTELY NO LAWS that night.

The Brownie Elf

My question would be if he had time to call his scholar female friend, why didn't he have time to call the police department if he felt threatened? I would if a "cracker rapist" was following me. Let it be known, that is sworn testimony of his female friend, this does not represent my feelings or opinion towards anyone in relation to this case. Sincerely, please don't delete this comment for personal attacks.

The Big Dog's back

I know, you just can't help yourself.

deertracker

Are you referring to the same scholar friend that can speak three languages fluently? Cracker rapist? LOL!! It was "creepy cracker". Now that was funny!

The Brownie Elf

Ok, but nobody answered my question. And she mentioned rapist later in her titillating testimony.

KnuckleDragger

Don't expect deerturd to answer your question, he probably isnt even following the case, just spouting off his usual jibberish due to emotion, not fact.

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