The Commercial Appeal

Neighbor says Martin straddled Zimmerman

- By Kyle Hightower Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. — A neighbor of George Zimmerman who had perhaps the best view of the struggle between the neighborho­od watch volunteer and Trayvon Martin testified at Zimmerman’s murder trial Friday that it appeared the unarmed teen was straddling Zimmerman during their confrontat­ion.

However, Jonathan Good said he did not see anyone’s head being slammed into the concrete sidewalk, which Zimmerman has said 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.

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has claimed that he fatally shot 17-year- old Martin last year in self-defense as the Miami-area teen was banging his head into the concrete sidewalk behind the townhomes in a gated community.

But under prosecutio­n questionin­g, Jonathan Good said he never saw anyone being attacked that way during the fight between Zimmerman and Martin.

“I couldn’t see that,” Good said moments later while being cross-examined.

Good, the second person to take the witness stand Friday, said he heard a noise behind his townhome in February 2012, and he saw what looked like a tussle when he stepped out onto his patio to see what was happening.

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.

“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 mixedmarti­al 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.

During cross- examinatio­n, O’Mara got on his knees to recreate the fighting as he asked Good to walk him through it.

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