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

The Big Dog's back

911 dispatcher told him not to confront him, FACT in evidence. His own HOA rules say not confront a person, FACT in evidence.

The Big Dog's back

If you're trying to prove you're racist pooh, no need, we already know.

deertracker

Yes we do!

sandtown born a...

Dog and Deer have the nerve to call someone else racist now that's a joke in itself

The Big Dog's back

Really? How so.

deertracker

Nothing like calling it like it is! Are you a racist?

deertracker

Exactly who did I call a racist? Like I said before, I don't care who is or is not a racist. There are no laws against being racist. Just OWN IT!!!!!

Contango

Obviously the race-baiters took this story and played it to their selective group of shallow thinkers for all it's worth.

And meanwhile: How many were killed and wounded as of the result of black-on-black crime in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and other major American cities over the weekend and the national news media is MIA?

sandtown born a...

That's normal operating procedure for the media. One sided as most of the bloggers on here

The Big Dog's back

And you're not race baiting? Oh, OK.

Contango

Yep! No liberal race-baiting for the small minded haters here:

"Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) was chided and escorted from the House floor Wednesday morning for wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses while delivering a rousing speech about the need for a full investigation into the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/bl...

sandtown born a...

My dads black and my mom white. If you want to meet a racist that would be my father truth is you probably already know him. My mother taught me right from wrong without race being included in the lessons. It turns my stomach to see the way some of you spew your one sided views.

Contango

I have a black nephew and a black grandniece and grandnephew.

We get along great!

My grandnephew received a college scholarship to play basketball. The kid's got a good head on his shoulders. His favorite subject is Math.

I have great hopes for him.

deertracker

Big deal! What exactly is your points? I have two children that are half white. Now what?????????????

Contango

Re: "I have two children that are half white."

So what?

deertracker

Exactly!!! So what????????????????? A little jungle fever is in us all! Ask a sibling if you don't believe me!

sandtown born a...

Are they half white or half black or just biracial ? Saying half white makes you sound racist as someone saying they have black friends

deertracker

My kids are black and they will quickly correct you if you suggest otherwise! I do have white friends though. Employed quite a few too back in the day

Contango

Re: "I do have white friends though."

So what?

Does that 'somehow' make you less of a narrow-minded bigot & racist?

You & Big DERP are the only ones throwing racial hatred around here.

2cents

Driving around Huron again : )

deertracker

ONLY after dark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

deertracker

How many dads do you have?

sandtown born a...

At least I know mine

deertracker

You sure???? Ask your black dad what color you are.

Contango

Re: "what color you are."

And race should be important why?

Didn't MLK advocate a colorblind society? Works for me.

You poor, poor thing.

deertracker

No he didn't. He advocated for a equal society. You poor, poor thing. I know you think you know ALL there is to know about blacks but as usual, YOU DON'T!

The Big Dog's back

I don't buy it for a minute.

sandtown born a...

My point is I consider myself bi racial not half anything and growing up seeing the bigoted views of the black community helps me to see the real racists.

deertracker

You can consider yourself a messiah. America considers you BLACK. Acting white or whitish is not going to change that. What up bro????

Contango

Re: "Acting white or whitish is not going to change that."

And studious, high achieving blacks never get attacked by their peers?

Whine, whine, whine.

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