Day 5 began with the State calling Greg McKinney.  He works for a security system company, which runs the surveillance cameras that were at the clubhouse.  In the first video clip, you can see the back of the clubhouse.  The camera is pointed at the pool area.  All that can be seen is a shadow.  In the second video clip, a headlight or some kind of light can be seen far out in front of the clubhouse for less than a minute.  The camera for this clip is inside the clubhouse area and pointed outward.  There is nothing identifiable or definitive about the footage at all.

The next witness was John Good, who has been mentioned previously in other witnesses’ testimonies.  He is the neighbor that was the closest to the incident.  He was an admitted reluctant witness.  He, visibly and audibly, did not want to be there.  He divulged he was attempting to be as literal as possible and minimally speculative.  He stated that it was dark that night and raining off and on all night, “it was very nasty”.  He was watching TV with his wife in the living room.  He heard a noise coming from the backyard.  He muted the television.  It sounded faint, but he couldn’t tell the direction.  He didn’t think anything of it.  He un-muted and continued to watch the television.  A couple minutes later, he heard the same noise, but it was closer.  He couldn’t make out any words.  He muted the TV, got up from the couch, and proceeded to the sliding glass door.  He moved the blinds and looked out.  His porch light was on, but didn’t illuminate very much outside.  He only had a concrete slab as his patio.  He couldn’t see anything, so he opened the blinds, the door, and stepped one foot outside.  His wife didn’t want him to go outside, but he did it anyway.  He could see one person and they seemed to be in a “tussle”.  He initially thought it looked like a dog attack because that area has a lot of dogs.  The person was vertical to him, lying on the ground.  He yelled, “What’s going on?”  He also yelled, something like, “stop it.”  He couldn’t tell how many people there were, at that time.  He could only see so far because the figure was facing away from him, but it wasn’t initially on the sidewalk.  The “object” then moved not far, but up on to the side of the concrete.  They also turned, so that he could see their side.  He could then tell it was two people.

The person on top was wearing black (Trayvon Martin) and the person on the bottom was wearing a lighter color and had lighter skin (George Zimmerman).  The two people did not change positions.  The person on top went from a lying flat position on top of the person to a straddling position (Trayvon Martin).  The person on the bottom was face up (George Zimmerman).  At that time, he thought it was getting serious, because he could see arm movement downward multiple times.  He then yelled, “What’s going on?”  The person on the bottom turned to him and yelled help.  Mr. Good then yelled he was going to call the police.  He went back inside and started to call 911.  As he dialed, the gunshot went off.  He never heard anyone speaking; the noises were indiscriminant.  He couldn’t say 100% that the person on the bottom was yelling help, but it only made rational sense with what he saw.  He didn’t see anyone else outside, but he said that wasn’t his focus.  His 911 call was played for the jury.  As he walked up his stairs, while on the call, he looked out the window and could see the body (Trayvon Martin) and George Zimmerman standing on the sidewalk.  He then also saw two people with flashlights approach.  He couldn’t tell if any of them were police officers.  He has heard the 911 call with the screams in the background.  It was played for him at a deposition.  He stated that it sounded different to him in person than on the recording.  He couldn’t tell whether it was the same person he heard, but the helps he audibly heard that night came from one person.

On cross-examination, he admitted to being one of the witnesses concerned with anonymity and he requested being assigned a number and not exposed by name.  He stated that after he stepped out, the whole incident was only about 8 to 10 seconds.  He originally had described the incident as being “MMA style”.  That the guy on top was going at the other guy, “MMA style”.  He had also had a conversation with Detective Serino about it looking like a “ground and pound”.  He couldn’t be sure whether he or Det. Serino mentioned those words first, but he did remember likening what he saw  to MMA descriptions.

“It looked like that position was a ground-and-pound type position, but I couldn’t tell 100% that there were actually fists hitting faces,” Good said.

He positively identified that the person on top was whom he now knows as Trayvon Martin and the person on the bottom is whom he now knows as George Zimmerman.  He stated it looked like Martin was hitting Zimmerman, but he wasn’t 100% sure.  All he could see was his shoulders moving up and down.  He couldn’t be sure where anyone’s hands were.  He never saw a gun.  He also said on cross-examination that the gunshot in the other 911 call sounded different to him in person, just like the screams.  Interestingly, he talked about the media harassing him for 6 months following the incident.  He only did one short on scene interview at his house and said the same things that he testified to and both sides acknowledged that his previous statements all are consistent with what he said in court today.

Mr. Good didn’t know either George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin.

The next witness was Joe Mamalo, he is the husband of a previous witness (Jeannee Mamalo).  He testified that it was raining that night.  He was assembling a table that they had just bought earlier in the day.  At first, he could hear what sounded like “grunts”, but he thought it was just dogs.  He couldn’t make out any words.  His wife looked out the window, but he told her to “not make it our problem”.  She continued to look out several times after that.  He testified he never looked out.  His wife told him that there were two people yelling.  He could hear the gun shot, later.  He decided to go outside and see what happened.  He grabbed a flashlight and circled around using his front garage entrance.  He stated as he came around the corner by the t-intersection, he saw a man (George Zimmerman).  He was walking toward him.  It was extremely dark out.  He saw that Zimmerman had a cell phone up to his ear, but he wasn’t talking on it.  He did notice that he was bleeding out his nostrils.  It was “streaming down both sides of his lips.”  He also noticed blood on the back of his head.  He decided to use his cell phone to take some pictures.  He had George Zimmerman squat down and he took a photo of his head injuries.  He also used his flashlight to illuminate the original position of Trayvon Martin’s body before anyone moved it and he took a picture of that.  He also took a picture of a flashlight he saw on the ground.  He testified that he didn’t see anything else in the area.  He observed and the picture showed that the flashlight was off.  He testified that he never saw Martin move.

He testified that George Zimmerman seemed normal that night.

“He wasn’t acting like anything different. He was coherent, he was responding to my questions just like any other person,” Mamalo said.

He never looked over at Trayvon Martin’s body.  He appeared calm.  When George Zimmerman first approached him, he asked him “do I need to call 911?”  George Zimmerman answered, “No, I just got off the phone with them.”  He stated he did not see a gun.  He acknowledged that George Zimmerman looked like he had just been in a fight.  He stated his observation was that George Zimmerman was not “out of it”.  An officer arrived shortly afterwards (Officer Smith).  He told George Zimmerman to raise his hands above his head, which he did.  Zimmerman threw his phone on the ground and Mr. Mamalo testified that George Zimmerman asked him to call his wife.  The officer handcuffed him (which he complied with and said, “that’s fine”) and asked him if he had a gun.  George Zimmerman said yes.  Mr. Mamalo asked him, “What caliber gun is it?”  He answered, “9 mm”.

George Zimmerman lifted his arm up, his jacket lifted, and it was located on his right hip in a holster.  The officer took it and put it in his belt.  He called George Zimmerman’s wife for him.  He told her that her husband was being taken to Sanford Police Department for questioning in relation to a shooting.  He testified that George Zimmerman interrupted him and told him, “Just tell her I shot someone.”  He said he told Mrs. Zimmerman, “Well, okay, he just shot someone.”  He stated that Zimmerman’s demeanor seemed like he thought he was taking too long.  He helped to render aid to Trayvon Martin after George Zimmerman was taken away.  He went and got the bag that Officer Raimondo requested.  He testified he wasn’t in the neighborhood watch because he didn’t have time.

On cross-examination, he testified that the noises began over by the t-intersection then moved past his house.  He didn’t run when going to check out what happened.  He testified that he walked carefully and it took as much as 20 seconds to get back there.  He testified that George Zimmerman was “breathing hard” and “staggering” as if he just got up.  He also looked like “he just got his butt beat.”  He also testified that George Zimmerman had asked him, “Am I bleeding?”  He told him he was.  He testified at one point, George Zimmerman squatted down.

He also said that George Zimmerman told him, “I was defending myself and I shot him.”

He testified that there is a neighborhood watch sign near the front entrance of the complex.  He testified that he did observe, as the picture shows, that Martin’s right leg was bent at the knee.  Mr. Mamalo didn’t know Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman.

The next witness was Officer Ayala.  He testified that he was dispatched for a suspicious person around 7 or 7:15 that night.  It took only a few minutes for him to arrive.  He arrived maybe 2 minutes after the first officer, Officer Smith.  The dispatch did change to shots fired.  He testified that the lighting was “dim” and it was “misty” that night, raining on and off.  He noticed when he got on the scene that Officer Smith had a “white male” at gunpoint, which is standard procedure for a shots fired situation.  He stated he was there for backup for Officer Smith.  He was the first officer to approach Trayvon Martin.  He stated that he had his gun out as well.  He noticed that Martin was face down.  He ordered him to show his hands, but he didn’t respond.  He stated that Martin’s hands were under his body.  He then helped Sgt. Raimondo render aid to Trayvon Martin.

On cross-examination, he testified that officers take their guns out and handcuff people to control the situation and for safety reasons until they can figure out what is going on.  He stated that you don’t know where the threat is coming from when you arrive on the scene.  He testified that he didn’t notice anyone other than the two parties, which he was focused on.  He stated that George Zimmerman was compliant and cooperative.

On re-direct, the prosecution tried to insinuate that George Zimmerman had no choice, but to be compliant since he was at gunpoint, so we don’t really know if he would have resisted otherwise.

The next witness was Stacy Livingston, an EMT/Firefighter.  She testified that she was dispatched to a shooting around 7:21 p.m. and arrived at 7:27 p.m.  She was directed by police, along with the other responders, to where Trayvon Martin was.  There were officers doing CPR at that point.  He was lying on his back.  The first thing they did was check for a pulse, which they did not find.  She stated that she removed the can from inside Martin’s hooded sweatshirt because it was in her way.  She moved his shirt up and noticed the gun shot wound.  They hooked him up to a cardiac monitor.  The lead paramedic stated that “the rhythm was incompatible with life”, so he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m.

She then had contact with George Zimmerman.  He was sitting sideways in a patrol car, with his feet hanging out.  She performed a Glasgow Coma Scale test on him.  She stated it tests a person’s awareness.  She testified that George Zimmerman scored the highest on the test, which was a 15.  She did notice he had injuries, such as a swollen and bleeding nose and lacerations to the back of his head.  His nose was still “moist” when she was treating him.  She cleaned up his wounds to get a better look.  She estimated his lacerations to the back of his head were approximately an inch long.  She treated him for about 5 minutes.

On cross-examination, she testified that his nose was “very swollen”.  The entire area was swollen, both sides of the nose.  She was shown photos of Zimmerman’s injuries.  She acknowledged that she did not note the laceration to the bridge of his nose.

Mark O’Mara:  “Is this consistent with being punched in the nose?”

Stacy Livingston:  “Very possible.”

She stated that George Zimmerman told her he was feeling dizzy, so she had him stand, but she couldn’t recall whether someone helped him stand up.

The next witness was Officer Tim Smith.  He was dispatched to a suspicious person call around 7 p.m.  It only took him a few minutes to get to the gate of the complex.  When he arrived at the gate, dispatch gave him the code.  That is around the time that the dispatch was updated to shots fired.  He testified that lighting was dark and it was raining.  He came around the town homes and saw two people standing and one person on the ground.  He questioned who shot the man and George Zimmerman answered that it was he.  That is when he un-holstered his gun and went through regular procedure.  He secured the firearm in his patrol car.  He testified that the back of George Zimmerman’s jacket and pants were wetter than the front and that the back of his jacket had grass on it.  He stated that after George Zimmerman was attended to he took him to the police department for interviewing.  He testified that during the transport, George Zimmerman complained about being lightheaded.

On cross-examination, Officer Smith stated that George Zimmerman was bleeding and his eyes were watery.  He was cooperative.  He wasn’t angry or frustrated.  Officer Smith stated he wasn’t concerned about Zimmerman other than his injuries.  He testified that considering the circumstances, his emotions were not odd.  It seemed appropriate; George Zimmerman did not seem cavalier or uncaring.  As Officer Smith led him to the patrol car, he stated George Zimmerman told him that he had yelled for help and no one came.

“He stated to me that he was yelling for ‘help’ and that nobody would come help him,” said Smith.

This was a couple of minutes after arriving on scene and immediately after securing the situation.  He testified that George Zimmerman said it again when they reached the car.

“It was almost confusion. Sort of a confused look on his face,” Smith said.

The last witness of the day was Lindzee Folgate, George Zimmerman’s physician’s assistant.  He was her patient starting in August of 2011.  She testified that at that time he began aerobic exercises using MMA because he was having trouble falling and staying asleep.  He did this about 3 times a week.  On February 27, 2012, the day after the incident, he visited her at her office.  His main concern was to get a note to return to work.  He told her he had been in an altercation and someone had assaulted him.  That person had beaten him up and bashed his head against the concrete.  He had a license to carry a firearm and had to shoot the person.  He also stated that 911 had to be called.  He also informed her that the EMTs had cleaned his wounds the night before.

“His head was hit into the pavement multiple times,” Folgate said

She noted that he had 2 black eyes, 2 lacerations to the back of the head, and that an EMT had said that his nose was broken.  George Zimmerman told her he had nausea when thinking about the incident.  He was going to a psychologist (something she said she would have recommended).  He had tenderness to the right side of his body and soreness to a joint located in his buttocks area (Sacroiliac joint).  He also stated he had nose pain.  She noted he had scalp lacerations and head trauma.  He was also suffering from stress.

She measured his lacerations at 2 cm (almost 1 inch) and 0.5 cm.  She noted his bilateral black eyes.  He had nasal swelling and bruising on both sides.  She couldn’t say whether his nose was literally broken because she did not have an X-ray, but clinically, according to his injuries, it would be considered broken, perhaps fractured.  There was no septum deviation though.  She recommended that he see an ear, nose, and throat doctor about his nose.

On cross-examination, the defense went over the photographs of George Zimmerman’s injuries with her.  She stated that she didn’t note at the time the other smaller lacerations and bruises because she didn’t see them.  She acknowledged that they might have healed by then.  She stated that his temple bruising was consistent with being hit.  He also had an abrasion, according to the photos, to the right side of his chin.  He had bumps over several areas of his head.  She stated that she couldn’t be sure if they were all injuries or if they had something to do with the shape of his head (everyone has different deformations to the skull).  She acknowledged, however, that the swelling depicted under his lacerations were consistent with his injuries and that it was consistent with being struck in the head or hitting your head off of something.

She noted that his blood pressure and pulse were high, which could be associated with trauma and stress.  She testified that his nose injury was consistent with being punched in the face and that his Sacroiliac joint injury is consistent with falling to the ground.

“Medically speaking, would you agree that whatever he did to stop the attack allowed him to survive it?” asked O’Mara.

“It could have, potentially, yeah. It depends on the amount of trauma he was sustaining at the time,” said Folgate.

“So, stopping the attack is what allowed him to survive it, would you agree?” asked O’Mara.

“It could have, yes,” said Folgate.

On cross-examination, the prosecution asked her if she could be sure that all those injuries were from that night?  She answered no she wasn’t there.

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