Another Witness in the Zimmerman Trial Writes A Book
Jonathan Good, also known as John Good, has written a book about his experience as a witness to what he saw on February 26, 2012. On that evening, then 28 year old George Zimmerman profiled a 17-year old as a burglar, and followed that teen in his truck until the teen ran. Zimmerman then got out of his truck in a millisecond, flashlight in hand and gun purportedly on his hip, and ran in the direction of the back gate where he believed the 17 year old was heading.
Different witnesses saw different things but what they saw has to be tested against the words of George Zimmerman. On his call to non-emergency dispatch, (NEN), Zimmerman said he didn’t want to give his own address because he didn’t know where the kid was. Zimmerman did not want to meet the cop at the mail shed, a classic landmark in a community of cookie-cutter buildings. Zimmerman wanted the cop to call him, and he would tell the cop where he was. Trayvon Benjamin Martin ended up dead, by a 28 year-old man who admitted to pinning Trayvon’s arm and taking careful aim at his heart before pulling the trigger.
John Good’s book is the second from a witness since a jury of 6 women found George Zimmerman not-guilty. Jonathan Manalo was the first to write a book about his experience. In his book, Manalo says that he waited for the prosecution to ask significant, pertinent questions that never came.
What most people who followed discovery know about John Good, is that his testimony changed. One night, he saw “MMA” fighting and when he was interviewed again, he testified that he saw no punches thrown. John Good describes his book, “The Reluctant Witness: How the Tragic Event Between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman Changed My Life”, as
“This story is about what happened inside my life as a result of seeing 8 seconds of an event that changed my life forever. From the night it all started, through the verdict and life afterwards, I would not wish being a witness to this tragedy on anyone.”
Based on his inconsistent testimony, if John Good’s life changed for seeing 8 seconds of an event, it might be due to his placing his own fears before the truth. Good is not the only witness who changed their testimony AFTER the investigation was taken from the hands of the Sanford Police Department – AFTER it was known that George Zimmerman moved from the Retreat at Twin Lakes in the wee hours of the morning after he killed Trayvon Benjamin Martin. It’s amazing that witnesses appeared to be more comfortable after getting a sense of security that Zimmerman was no longer living in their community.
That speaks volumes about their REAL impression of the REAL George Zimmerman.
John Good’s book is co-authored by James Legrand, the author of “10 Things I Told My Kids About Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.” In that book, Legrand wrote:
“I don’t think this story will end with the gavel sounding at George Zimmerman’s acquittal. “
Legrand is correct. The story hasn’t ended with the gavel sounding, and it won’t. The George Zimmerman trial has joined the archives of other trials such as that of the killers of Emmett Till, where facts and the law were disregarded in favor for the perpetrators being sentenced to lessons learned.
I’ve not read the book, but according to someone who heard Good’s interview on a recent radio program, he holds to the opinion that Zimmerman should not have gotten out of his truck. We heard Jan Holland, Juror B37, say the same to Anderson Cooper. It’s common sense – no one can put themselves in harm’s way then claim that they exercised self-defense. A most telling thing about the case however, is that Trayvon Benjamin Martin ran from the man who was following him. Zimmerman was never in harm’s way.
The last person to talk to Trayvon, Rachel Jeantel, testified that Trayvon ran and was by his dad’s house when he saw the man again and the man was “getting close.” That tells us more about where Zimmerman was – not at the “T” going back to his truck, but on Retreat View Circle where he told investigators:
1. he was standing when told “We don’t need you to do that,”
2. where he didn’t know where the kid was
3. where he didn’t know where he would be when the cop arrived; and
4. where he told investigators that he walked back towards Trayvon after he hung up with NEN dispatch.