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Friend Of George Zimmerman Testifies In Trial

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  Original Published: 7/3/2013 One of George Zimmerman's closest friends took the stand Tuesday in the murder trial against him. Prosecutors called Mark Osterman to testify. He said he spoke to Zimmerman the day after the confrontation that led to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death. Osterman told the court Zimmerman told him the teen attacked him just moments before the shooting. "The defendent's claiming he's on the ground. Trayvon Martin is straddling him," said assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda. "Was punching him, George, I'm sorry," said Osterman. "I apologize Mr. Osterman," said de la Rionda. I'm sorrry. He said he was on his back and Trayvon Martin straddled him and began punching him in the face," said Osterman. "But the way he described Trayvon Martin straddling, the defendent, he claims that his, he said jis knees were up to his rib cage or armpits. Is that correct?" asked de la Rionda. "Somewhere around there. Correct." answered Osterman. "Then he said what?" asked de la Rionda. "Well, George began screaming for help at that point," answered Osterman. "Did he say anything about the defendent grabbing his head, that there was something with his head?" asked de la Rionda. "Absolutely. Once he started screaming, George said Trayvon grabbed his head and started bashing his head on the concrete," said Osterman. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. He says he shot Martin in self-defense. Prosecutors allege Zimmerman targeted the teen.
   
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