George Zimmerman’s story is simply incredulous even with John Good’s testimony. Many Zimmerman supporters point to Good’s testimony as somehow confirming Zimmerman’s story that Trayvon Martin without provocation, slammed his head on the cement, hit him in the face repeatedly, grabbed for his gun thereby forcing Zimmerman to shoot him in self-defense. Many conservatives who are critical of Lisa Bloom’s book Suspicious Nation, The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It cite John Good’s testimony as a repudiation of her analysis of the case. Read: my post: American Thinker vs. Lisa Bloom?
Ironically, it is easier to start with what John Good’s testimony did not include.
1. He did not see the beginning of the fight.
2. He did not see the end of the fight.
3. He did not see Martin hit Zimmerman.
4. He did not see Martin slam Zimmerman’s head on concrete.
5. He did not see Martin reach for Zimmerman’s gun.
6. He could not confirm that the fight took place on the concrete.
7. He could only “assume” that it was Zimmerman screaming for help.
Well his testimony diminished in its breadth and certainty from his initial statements to law enforcement and what he testified to at trial. In his initial statement to the police he claimed he saw Martin raining blows down on Zimmerman MMA style (ground and pound) and heard Zimmerman crying for help. Read John Good’s Statements to Law Enforcement. However, when he testified during the trial, he was much more equivocal and “saw” much less than he claimed in his initial statement. Some conservative conspiracy theorists have accused Trayvon Martin supporters of intimidated him which is why he changed his story. African-Americans are violent you know! They might have gone and shot up his house!
At the trial, he testified that he saw a person he later identified as Martin straddling another person he later identified as Zimmerman. He stated that he saw Martin’s hands moving up and down but saw no punches thrown. He could not be sure that it was Zimmerman screaming or yelling for help, but his “logical guess” is it was. Again, the biggest problem is that Zimmerman’s boo boo’s simply do not match what he claims happened to him.
•Zimmerman had injuries but not ones that matched the severity of the attack he described, according to Serino. If Trayvon had been banging Zimmerman’s head on the sidewalk, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer should have had skull fractures, not just cuts, Serino said.
•There were no defensive wounds on Zimmerman’s hands and just one small scrape on a finger of Trayvon’s left hand, Serino said — little evidence of life-and-death struggle.
Zimmerman changes details, makes claims inconsistent with other evidence, June 27, 2012, Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel and George Zimmerman Did Not Kill Trayvon Martin In Self-Defense
“Who was on top for a moment means nothing. They rolled around. The injuries were not consistent with a ground-and-pound attack.” 10 Reasons Lawyers Say Florida’s Law Enforcement Threw Away George Zimmerman’s Case, August 6, 2013, AlterNet, Steven Rosenfeld
John Good’s original statement and his trial testimony, are both contradicted by the physical evidence! If Trayvon Martin was indeed on top of George Zimmerman, he was not punching him MMA, ground and pound or any other style. (1) If Martin was repeatedly hitting Zimmerman he would have had more severe facial injuries and Martin would have had more damage to his knuckles (2) If Martin was punching but missing Zimmerman and hitting the grass or cement, he would have had more damage to his knuckles. (3) If Zimmerman was parrying the blows, he would have had defense wounds on his hands. (4) Zimmerman’s jacket should have been covered with mud and grass if Martin was on top of him! See the images below of Zimmerman’s hands, face, head and jacket which were taken 45 minutes after the deadly encounter. DNA Report does NOT support Zimmerman’s claim that Trayvon Martin caused his injuries, by cc June 09, 2013, Daily Kos
One blogger points out much more severe problems with John Good’s testimony. DOJ SHOULD INVESTIGATE JOHN GOOD, Posted on August 18, 2013 He points out that several witnesses contradicted Good’s testimony and stated that they say Zimmerman on top of Trayvon, most notably, Jeannee Manalo. Ms. Manalo also claims she felt that it was Trayvon who was screaming. So, why is John Good’s testimony to be believed over that of the other witnesses? He changed his testimony from his original statement, why doesn’t that call his credibility into question?
There is one plausible explanation of what transpired that would accommodate Good’s testimony and the physical evidence. It is posited in this article: So Why Didn’t Zimmerman Fight Back?, Vyan, July 12, 2013, Daily Kos. I will paraphrase, Zimmerman grabs Martin because he doesn’t want him to get away. That is why the lanyard on Martin’s hoodie is pulled all the way to one side. In response, Martin fires a left hook, hits Zimmerman and knocks him down. Zimmerman pulls Martin done with him. Martin ends up on top of Zimmerman and thrashes about trying to get free. That would look like “ground and pound” to Good, but he doesn’t see any blows and can’t see hands because Zimmerman is holding onto Martin to keep him from escaping. Martin finally frees himself and begins to stand. Zimmerman, with Martin’s weight now off of him, pulls his gun and fires.
It’s conjecture, but then every scenario is and it is more plausible than Zimmerman’s story about Martin slamming his head on the cement 12+ times, hitting him in the face 12+ times, reaching for his gun and Zimmerman being able to draw his gun with Martin’s weight on him. That scenario is contradicted by all the forensic evidence and Good’s testimony doesn’t magically rehabilitate all the contradictions in Zimmerman’s account.