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George Zimmerman Trial Witness Jonathan Good Testifies (Video) MMA Style Beating in Trayvon Martin Case

By Staff
Jun 28, 2013
Jonathan Good lives at Twin Lakes, the complex where the shooting took place last year.

The George Zimmerman trial continues in Florida with another key witness on Friday June 28, 2013, a man named Jonathan Good testified in court today in the case of the death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the case and John Good testified that he witnessed an MMA (Mixed-Martial-Arts) style beating before the fatal shot and said in testimony that it was Martin who was on top of Zimmerman..

The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin took place on the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida inside the gated community of "The Retreat at Twin Lakes" and on that night, Good says he was at home and witnessed some of the fight that led to the gunshot that ended the life of the 17-year old youth.

Watch a video of the wrap of his testimony below, did his eyewitness testimony damage the prosecution's case?

Here is some of what he said, per Fox News.

"Good said he was watching TV with his wife when they heard a noise and he went out to investigate, despite his wife warning him not to. At first, he thought a dog might be attacking someone, but as he moved closer, he said he observed what looked like "a tussle" between two people.

"It looked like a tussle," Good said. "I could only see one person. At one point, I yelled out, 'What's going on? Stop it,' I believe," Good said.

Under questioning by Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, Good said one of the combatants was straddling a man lying face up on the pavement, and throwing punches.

The testimony appeared to corroborate Zimmerman's claims that he shot the 17-year-old African-American with a legally registered gun in self defense, as he was being pummeled.

"I could tell that the person on the bottom had a lighter skin color," testified Good, who also said the person on the bottom appeared to be wearing "white or red," while the one on top wore dark clothing. Zimmerman identified that day as Hispanic and was wearing a red jacket. That also would corroborate Zimmerman's claims he was on the losing end of a violent confrontation when he fired the fatal shot.

The trial is now in its fifth day and Good was the second person to take the witness stand on Friday.

On Thursday, a friend of Martin who had been on the phone with him when he was shot testified about what she heard during his confrontation with Zimmerman.

Her name is Rachel Jeantel and some of her testimony is here on video.

(Image: WENN)

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