Zimmerman has claimed that he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin last year in self-defense as Trayvon Martin 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. – Physician assistant: George Zimmerman trained ‘MMA style’
IT HAS been a dramatic week in the George Zimmerman murder trial, with Friday’s testimony riveting and a relief from watching Rachel Jeantel and defense attorney Don West go at it. By Friday, the case of each side seemed to play out as the witnesses testified, with the advantage going back and forth between the defense and prosecution.
People who believe George Zimmerman was defending himself could extrapolate from testimony that proof was offered that this was true, because on Friday an eyewitness said he saw what he believed to be George Zimmerman on the ground. Those who believe Trayvon Martin was afraid for his life could deduce from testimony that George Zimmerman not only went looking for him, but might have used MMA, mixed martial arts, to attack him, and that Mr. Zimmerman’s injuries weren’t as bad as they’re being made out to be by the defense.
Through prior discovery, we know that Trayvon Martin’s pants had grass stains on the knees. Through testimony on Friday, there was one obvious possibility of why, which is that Martin was on top of Zimmerman at one point. It was also revealed through police testimony on Friday that the back of George Zimmerman’s jacket was damp compared to the front.
There has been a lot of discussion about MMA, mixed martial arts, which is being attributed to Trayvon Martin. Eyewitness Jonathan Pound invoked “ground and pound,” an MMA term, which the prosecutor questioned him on.
Later, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked whether it was possible a police officer could have used the term “ground and pound” before he did.
“It’s possible,” Good said.
One witness, physician assistant Lindzee Folgate, not only treated George Zimmerman the night of the shooting, but on Friday confirmed that George Zimmerman told her had been training in MMA, going back to 2011.
A detailed account of the days’ events can be found at Central Florida 13’s website:
A physician assistant who treated George Zimmerman’s injuries the day after he said he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense testified Friday that she had treated Zimmerman before, and that he told her he’d had been involved with mixed martial arts several times a week.
[...] 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.
Folgate said she had treated Zimmerman for previous injuries before. She first encountered him in August 2011, and Zimmerman indicated that he had “difficulty with falling asleep and exercising with MMA, but that has not helped.”
She said she also treated Zimmerman in September 2011, and at that time he indicated he was involoved in mixed martial arts three days a week.
Eyewitness Jonathan Good had this exchange with Mr. Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara, which was followed by questioning from the prosecuting attorney Bernie de la Rionda. From CBS:
The altercation seemed to escalate, according to Good. The struggle moved to the cement pathway, and he said the person in dark clothing straddled the other man in “mixed martial arts position” he later described to police as a “ground and pound.” He said he saw “arm movements going downward,” though he couldn’t be certain the person on top was striking the person on the bottom.
“The person you now know to be Trayvon Martin was on top, correct?” asked defense attorney Mark O’Mara. “He was the one raining blows down on George Zimmerman, correct?”
“That’s what it looked like,” Good answered.
De la Rionda honed in on Good’s earlier statement that he couldn’t confirm the person on top was hitting the other person.
“Correct,” Good said.
Another neighbor who testified on Thursday saw just the opposite. From USA Today:
Good’s version of that night contradicts those of another neighbor who testified Thursday. Selma Mora, who lived a couple of houses down from Good, said a person on top and straddling another person told her to call police. Minutes later, the same person who was on top, Zimmerman, was on his feet after a gunshot, Mora said.
Jonathan Manalo, the first neighbor to step outside to see what was happening, testified that Zimmerman asked him to call his wife after firing the fatal shot. While Manalo was on the phone with her, “he cut me off and said, ‘Just tell her I shot someone.'” When this exchange was played on HLN, Manalo added that it sounded like Zimmerman wanted him to hurry up.
What came across is the calm of George Zimmerman just moments after killing Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman says he was defending his life. It’s just as conceivable Trayvon Martin thought he was in danger, too, when Zimmerman started following him, and it turned out he was right.
Is there definitive evidence to convict of second degree murder?
All along I’ve been leaning towards voluntary manslaughter, not second degree murder, for which George Zimmerman is on trial.
An unarmed man is dead and through testimony it’s been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman’s injuries were in no way life threatening or reason enough to pull his concealed semi-automatic Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol and shoot Trayvon Martin dead.