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

Pot meet kettle. No need to answer dumb questions. Police didn't even do their jobs after everything was over......for days!

eriemom

Just who do you think you are! This witness was reluctant because of people like you. Have you ever listened to teenagers talk? The "scholar female friend" seemed honest under oath. She told it as it happened instead of cleaning up the teenage talk.

The Brownie Elf

I'm a person who doesn't respect a witness who sounds like she has marbles in her mouth and complains when she is told she has to get on the stand again. And this is a friend of the deceased? I work with teenagers a lot so I know how they talk. Thanks.

PyrkinsPyrate

The Kid was ONLY PREPARING TO BREAK SOME LAWS. He was a violent thug that stole and attacked weaker people. What was he suspended from school for at the time of his death? He was walking around looking for homes to break into with his features concealed.

deertracker

Vote yes for Perkins Schools. PLEASE! Severely needed!

Contango

Re: "Vote yes for Perkins Schools. PLEASE! Severely needed!"

Send 'em a generous check regardless. They'll be glad to cash it.

deertracker

I can only send prayers. My children are grown! You didn't get it. As usual!

gramafun

The comment that has always bothered me was Zimmerman claiming Martin "felt" for the gun. How would Martin know he HAD a gun if he hadn't seen it?or was told about it? He wouldn't.

So since Martin was shot and killed, did Zimmerman have that gun out? Was he threatening Martin with it and Martin was defending himself due to that? Or did Martin jump Zimmerman as Zimmerman says?

Truthfully, I believe Zimmerman followed him with that gun out and this tragedy is just that.....a tragedy. A stupid, senseless tragedy that could have been prevented if Zimmerman had not followed Martin. The entire matter pivots, to me, on if that gun was unholstered while he followed Martin and if, seeing it, Travyon figured he had to do something to protect himself.

The Big Dog's back

I hear ya.

deertracker

I hear ya too!

tk

I always thought it strange that he said he was fighting for his life yet was able to pull his gun out of his holster and make a perfect shot to the heart in the dark.

The Brownie Elf

We're not talking about being on Top Shot here. On your back with someone straddling you.

Contango

The liberal Barack-holes have SPOKEN!

NO need for a trial for either Zimmerman OR Snowden.

Like good little mind-numbed Nazis, they KNOW that they are both guilty.

They'd probably prefer that they dig their own graves before execution.

The Big Dog's back

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Let me alone, Let me go home
Let me go back and start over

Well, I've rambled around this dirty old town
Singing for nickels and dimes
Times getting rough, I can't get enough
To buy me a little bottle of wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Let me alone, Let me go home
Let me go back and start over

Well, little hotel, older than hell
Cold as the dark in the mine
Light so dim, I had to grin
I got me a little bottle of wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Let me alone, Let me go home
Let me go back and start over

Well, the preacher will preach and the teacher will teach
The miner will dig in the mine
I ride the rods, trusting in God
Huggin' my little bottle of wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Let me alone, Let me go home
Let me go back and start over

Well, pain in my head, bugs in my bed
Pants so old that they shine
Out on the street, I tell the people I meet
To buy me a little bottle of wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Let me alone, Let me go home
Let me go back and start over

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober

pooh's song.

deertracker

LOL!!!!!!!!!!

44846GWP

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OMG.LOL.WT_

I'm glad you commentators have it all figured out. I will wait for the verdict.

stayfit

Martin's own family claims this isn't about race.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/...

The Big Dog's back

And if they said it was about race would you agree?

stayfit

To be honest, I think I made up my mind prior to that this was not a race issue. I think it speaks volume of the character of the family more than anything.

kURTje

The parade has long passed him. I feel he is just a bitter old man.

oheaglefl

If you listened to his friend Rachel, she said Trayvon called Zimmerman and creepy azz cracker and later she said he also used the "N" word to describe him and that he thought he was a rapist.She also said she heard the scuffle and yells, yet her phone disconnected when Martin said "what you following me for" and Zimmerman said "what are you doing here" and when she tried to call back got no answer. So how did she hear anything else. She said she heard the sound of wet grass, still trying to figure out what wet grass sounds like.
If you watched that chick on the stand she was rude,nasty with a major attitude and changed her story more than once.
Also, concerning the gun. Zimmerman said when he was on the ground that his jacket opened up and Martin saw his gun and was trying to reach for it and in order to stop him he grabbed it instead.
The police officer Smith also said all Zimmerman did was raise his arm and he could see the gun in the holster.
also, Martin was a cocaine user. The judge ruled against letting them use his medical records in court, but now that they did Zimmermans, maybe they will then allow his and you will see he wasn't the saint that everyone thinks he was.

eriemom

None of the witnesses have testified that the fight took place on concrete. In fact, one of the police officers testified that Zimmerman had grass stains and his back seemed to be more wet than his front. Another witness testified that the person on top was using martial arts on the person on the bottom. Zimmerman stated that he had been working out three times a week using "mixed martial arts."

I think that I would be creeped out if I were walking alone and somebody was following me--so yes, creepy cracker.

stayfit

For the people who have used racial slurs toward any race in this comment forum, you should be ashamed of yourself. You are the same content of people that slow progress in this country. I have seen "Cr**ker enough. I haven't seen a racial slur used against another race in this (yet), thankfully.

sandtown born a...

RACISTS of all colors commenting on this like it was them in the situation. SAD is all that I can say. Just because your not white doesn't make you any less of a RACIST

oheaglefl

When Zimmerman asked Martin what he was doing around here, why didn't he simply say "my dad's girlfriend lives here and I am on my way there". Maybe things would have been different.

The Big Dog's back

How do you know he didn't say that?

deertracker

Yes, let us all bow down! He was not breaking ANY laws. What part of that can you not comprehend!?

beepx22

neither of them had broke any laws up to that point.

Contango

It amazes to me that so many empty-headed liberal commenters KNOW POSITIVELY, Mr. Zimmerman's actions, intent, guilt and societal reactions to the trial's outcome based solely on selective and often biased TV and print interviews in addition to second and third hand media reports, analysis and sometimes just plain "guess work."

Truly a “dumbed down” society approaching an Idiocracy.

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