Since the fateful night of Feb. 26, 2012, the conflict between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman has waged dissension between liberals and conservatives, pro-gun activists and anti-gun activists, Caucasians and African-Americans as well as any other divisive groups of people. After four days of testimony the defense called John Good to the stand this morning to tell his version of the night of the altercation.
Good described seeing Trayvon Martin on top of Zimmerman, assaulting him in a “ground-and-pound” style beating. Good witnessed the altercation outside of his home; he was watching TV with his wife when he heard a faint noise grow louder. As he walked out of his home he witnessed one man in dark clothing repeatedly punching a man with light skin wearing red clothing. Zimmerman was wearing a red jacket on the night of Feb. 26 and it is well known that Martin was wearing a dark hoody. Good recalled hearing a cry for help, which he believes to have come from George Zimmerman. Good went back into his house and called 911, hearing the gunshot as he was dialing.
John Good is the only witness to go outside and witness the fight before Trayvon was fatally shot. While Good’s testimony corroborates Zimmerman’s claims, Good said that he did not witness Trayvon smash Zimmerman’s head into the pavement.
To add insult to injury, the prosecution’s star witness, Rachel Jeantel, gave an awkward testimony during her time at the stand yesterday. Jeantel recalled her phone conversation with Trayvon as he was walking back from a convenience store the night of Feb. 26, 2012; Martin told Jeantel that he was being followed by a “creepy-a** cracker.” Martin’s words, not hers. The 19-year-old Jeantel was often asked to speak louder and more clearly during her testimony on Thursday. She was unable to read a hand-written note that she later claimed a friend wrote on her behalf. Written in cursive and addressed to Martin’s parents, Jeantel claimed, “I don’t read cursive.” The cross-examination by defense attorney Don West came to a screeching halt when West asked her about Martin attacking Zimmerman:
West: “Maybe if he decided to assault George Zimmerman he didn’t want you to know about it.”
Jeantel: “That’s real retarded, sir. That’s real retarded to do that sir.”
Jeantel’s uncomfortable answers often left Martin’s parents shaking their heads in appall. Jeantel lied about her age and changed her story between the time of her interview with attorney Benjamin Crump and her disposition. Is Rachel Jeantel a credible witness to the defense or the prosecution, or either side at all?