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Witness: Trayvon Martin appeared to hit, straddle George Zimmerman

June 28, 2013|By Michael Muskal

Trayvon Martin appeared to be straddling and striking George Zimmerman when the two tussled at a gated Florida community, a resident testified Friday, but the witness added that he never saw anyone’s head being slammed onto the sidewalk.

On the fifth day of the prosecution’s case against Zimmerman, Jonathan Good described being in his home at the Retreat at Twin Lakes when he heard noises and saw the two fighting.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. The confrontation took place on Feb. 26, 2012, at the housing complex in Sanford, Fla.

Zimmerman and Martin started out in a vertical position then moved to a horizontal position on the ground, Good testified. The person on top wore dark clothes and the one on the bottom wore white or red and had lighter skin, he said. Zimmerman wore red that night while Martin was in a dark hooded sweat shirt.

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Good said it appeared that the person on top was “straddling” the other person.

“It looked like there were strikes being thrown, punches being thrown,” Good said.

Under cross-examination, Good said that the straddle looked like 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.”

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Zimmerman argues that he fatally shot Martin in self-defense after the teenager attacked him by banging his head onto the sidewalk. Under prosecution questioning, Good said he never saw any head-pounding.

Good also said it was his opinion that the person on the bottom yelled for help.

That could be important because the identity of the person who cried for help, a incident noted previously in the case, is under contention with the prosecution maintaining it was Martin while the defense has indicated it believes that it was Zimmerman.

Before Good testified, a worker at a video surveillance company that maintains cameras at the townhome community took the witness stand.

Greg McKinney of Tampa-based U.S. Security Alliance identified two videos. One showed what looks like a person walking past a window at the complex's clubhouse while the other seemed to show a person near the facility's mailboxes.

Under cross-examination, the defense argued that the times on the video could be off by as much as 18 minutes.

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