Witness: Zimmerman, Martin were in a mixed-martial-arts-style fight

Witness: Zimmerman, Martin were in a mixed-martial-arts-style fight

POSTED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 4:23pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 9:19pm

A prosecution witness testified Friday in the George Zimmerman trial that he saw the former neighborhood watch captain and Trayvon Martin engaged in a mixed martial arts-style fight the night Martin was fatally shot.

Jonathan Good said he heard a faint noise coming from the back of his home in the Retreat at Twin Lakes on February 26, 2012. When he heard a louder noise, he went outside to investigate. He saw two men engaged in a "tussle" on the ground.

"It looked like a tussle. I could really only see one person, and I think I described it as possibly being some kind of dog attack, because there are a lot of dogs that walk in that back area. I could only see an object," said Good.

Good is the 17th witness called to the stand in the trial of Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Zimmerman told police he followed the teenager because there had been some recent break-ins in the area. During the confrontation, Zimmerman claims he was forced to kill the 17-year-old in self-defense.

On the trial's fifth day, Good recounted being 15 to 20 feet away from the fight between Zimmerman and Martin. Although he couldn't make out the faces of the people on the ground, Good said he could make out the color of their clothes. In crucial testimony that buttresses the defense's argument, Good said the person on top of the fight was wearing a black top like the black hoodie sweatshirt Martin was wearing that night, and the person on the bottom was wearing red. Zimmerman was wearing a similar color that night.

Good said it seemed that the person on the bottom was yelling for help. Good said he saw the person on top "straddling" the person on the bottom, and the person on top was moving his hands in a downward striking motion that looked like what he called a "ground and pound," a term associated with MMA, or mixed-martial arts fighting.

"It looked like that position was a ground-and-pound-type position, but I couldn't tell 100% that there were actually fists hitting faces," said Good.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara asked Good to define the term "ground and pound."

"It's usually when someone is on top in a mounted position, I believe, in the dominant position. But like I said, the person on the bottom is able to throw punches back, but I did not see any of that," said Good.

Good said he went outside and called out to Zimmerman and Martin to "cut it out," but after getting no response, he went back inside and called 911, and that's when he heard a gunshot.

"I just heard a shot right behind my house," Good said on the 911 call, which was played in the courtroom. "They are wrestling right in the back of my porch."

The operator asked, "You just heard one shot go off?"

"It was either that or a rock that hit the window," said Good.

Earlier Friday, prosecutors called Greg McKinney to the stand to testify about images caught on the neighborhood's CCTV -- closed-circuit security TV surveillance system -- the night of the shooting. McKinney works for the company that monitors the neighborhood's CCTV system.

The cameras were recording images from the interior of the neighborhood's clubhouse. One image shows a shadow passing by one of the windows, and another image taken from another camera shows a light flash through one of the windows. The timestamps, even though they were a few minutes off, may help confirm the timeline of the shooting.

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I want to know exactly who started the fight that led to a scuffle and finally a shooting. For some reason, there is little if any evidence or testimony to establish exactly how the scuffle got started and I am not willing to just accept GZs version of events. Did GZ irritate, threaten, insult, aggravate Tray and did Tray really throw the first punch? Could the initial "fight" have been avoided if GZ had done things differently or allowed the COPs to deal with Tray? The trial sucks, IMO.

How far does a neighborhood watch extend, 1 block, 1 mile, 5 miles?
If you were a teen age boy walking back from the store at night would you be concerned about the guy watching you and following you home in his car?
Zimmerman had a right to carry permit. Therefore he knew he didn't have the right to get out of his vehicle and confront that teen.
If the teen had pulled him from the vehicle he would have been justified. Zimmerman played vigilante and now he should pay the price.

You are full of it dave, Zimmerman had every right to get out and see what the kid was up to, if he had not there would probably be some innocent citizen 6 feet under instead of Martin. Citizens have the right to know and check out what people are doing in their neighborhood, and even make a citizens arrest if necessary. Park in front of my house or even close by or walk by it late at night and see if I don't come out armed to see just what you are up to.

Bet all the racists including obummer did not like this witnesses testimony.

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