Witness tells of struggle on the ground between Zimmerman and Martin

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The jury hearing the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman has heard today from the man who may have had the best view of his struggle with Trayvon Martin -- a struggle that ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting the unarmed teen.

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom court for the day in his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The jury hearing the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman has heard today from the man who may have had the best view of his struggle with Trayvon Martin -- a struggle that ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting the unarmed teen.

Zimmerman's neighbor Jonathan Good testified that it appeared that Martin was straddling Zimmerman -- in a mixed-martial-arts move known as "ground and pound" -- and that the person on the bottom was yelling for help. He said he didn't see anyone's head being slammed into the concrete sidewalk. Zimmerman has said Martin did that to him.

Zimmerman is pleading self-defense in the shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old last year.

Good initially testified that it appeared there were "punches being thrown" as the two men scuffled on the ground, but he later said he only saw "downward" arm movements being made.

Good testified that he was in the process of calling 911 from inside his townhome when he heard a gunshot.


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