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Friday, January 18, 2013

Defense deposes witness who says Trayvon was on top, Zimmerman crying for help

One of the most important defense witnesses in the George Zimmerman murder case – the one who told police he saw Trayvon Martin straddling Zimmerman and "throwing down blows on the guy kinda MMA-style," was quietly brought to the Seminole County Courthouse Dec. 11 and deposed, according to new court paperwork.

The man, identified in court records only as "witness 6," was a neighbor who told authorities he heard and saw the fight.

By identifying the clothes they wore, he told police that Zimmerman was on the bottom, was being beat up and was crying for help.

Zimmerman is the 29-year-old Neighborhood Watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder. He killed Trayvon Feb. 26 in what he describes as an act of self-defense.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman is guilty of profiling Trayvon, of assuming he was about to commit a crime, of pursuing him and murdering him.

Witness 6 was re-interviewed a few weeks after the shooting by an FDLE agent and prosecution investigators, and he backtracked, saying he was not sure who was calling for help. He also said he was no longer sure if the person on top was throwing punches or just holding down the man on the bottom. Either way, he said, the man on the bottom was trying, without success, to get up.
He was still sure, he said, who was on the bottom: the man wearing red.

That was Zimmerman.

Witness 6 said the man on top had a darker complexion and was wearing a black or dark shirt.
Trayvon, an unarmed black 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, was wearing a dark gray hoodie.
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