Eyewitness describes Martin-Zimmerman struggle

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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A key eyewitness testified in the George Zimmerman trial Friday that he believes he saw Trayvon Martin using the “ground-and-pound” mixed martial arts tactic on George Zimmerman.

Jonathan Good testified that he saw a person wearing dark clothes raining blows down on another person with lighter skin tone wearing red or white clothing. Those descriptions match the clothing worn by both Martin and Zimmerman.

Martin, who was shot in the chest after an altercation with Zimmerman, was wearing a dark gray hoodie. Zimmerman, on trial for second-degree murder in the shooting, was wearing a red jacket.

Good’s testimony also matches Zimmerman’s claim that he was underneath Martin who was beating him up in mixed-martial-arts-style.

In cross-examination, Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara read from a statement Good gave to Sanford Police Department detective Chris Serino. Good told Serino, “It was a black man with a black hoodie on top of the other, either a white guy or now I found out I think it was a Hispanic guy with a red sweatshirt on the ground yelling out help!”

“It seemed like a tussle,” Good testified, adding that at first he thought he was witnessing a dog attack.

Good says he saw “downward movement,” but couldn’t confirm that he saw punches being thrown. He added that the person on top was “straddling” the person on bottom.

Good was careful not to speculate, but said he believed that the man on bottom was the one yelling for help. Asking whether he could state unequivocally who he heard screaming, Good replied, “100 percent? No.”

Good said, “rationally,” he felt that the person on bottom would be the one screaming and that the voice of the person on top, given that they were facing away from Good, would have echoed off of the wall of the building across from him. Instead, he said, the scream seemed to come at him directly.

Good’s testimony did not completely verify Zimmerman’s claim that his head was being slammed into the concrete by Martin. Good said he was unable to see whether or not Zimmerman’s head was being slammed.

Friday marks the end of the first week of trial testimony.