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    For the first time since that fateful night on February 26, the father of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager sat down for a television interview.
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A neighbor of George Zimmerman testified Friday that he saw a person in black clothing on top of a person wearing "white or red" clothing the night Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

Jonathan Good said he heard a noise behind his home the night of February 26, 2012, and stepped outside to check it out.

Good said he saw what appeared to be a tussle and yelled, "What's going on? Stop it."

The night Martin was shot, Zimmerman was wearing a red jacket, and Martin was wearing a dark hoodie. Good also said he never saw anyone's head slammed against a sidewalk, as the state contends, and that it appeared Martin was straddling Zimmerman during their confrontation in a mixed-martial arts move known as "ground and pound."

The prosecution says Martin was the aggressor and attacked Zimmerman.

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When defense attorney Mark O'Mara asked Good whether the person on top was Martin, Good said, "Correct, that's what it looked like."

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, 17, who was shot in the chest. Zimmerman, who identifies as Hispanic, says Martin jumped on him and attacked him and is claiming self-defense for shooting Martin. Martin's lawyers say the neighborhood watch volunteer is a vigilante, followed Martin through the complex and racially profiled the unarmed black teen.

Good testified Friday that he couldn't see faces, but he said it appeared the person on the bottom of the tussle had lighter skin.

"It looked like there were strikes being thrown, punches being thrown," Good said. He said he called 911, and that's when he heard a gunshot.

Good also said the person on the bottom yelled for help.

Earlier Friday, a worker at a video surveillance company that maintains cameras at The Retreat at Twin Lakes townhome community took the witness stand.

A prosecutor played two videos from surveillance cameras: one showed what appeared to be a person walking past a window at the complex's clubhouse; another showed what looked like someone with a flashlight by the complex's mailboxes.

Greg McKinney said the digital clock on the video is off by 18 minutes. But O'Mara got McKinney to concede the time difference was inexact and could be more than 18 minutes.

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On Thursday, Rachel Jeantel, the state's star witness, took the stand for a second day as Zimmerman's attorneys tried to show that Jeantel's story about what she heard on the phone the night Martin was shot has changed during the past year.

Jeantel, 19, testified that she thought the fatal confrontation was racially motivated.

"He was being followed," Jeantel said of Martin.

Defense attorney Don West questioned Jeantel about why she thought the shooting was racially motivated.

"That's because he [Martin] described him [Zimmerman] as a creepy a-- cracker?" West asked.

"Yes," Jeantel said, implying Martin was being followed by a white man because of his race.

"Why wasn't 'creepy a-- cracker' in prior interviews?" West asked.

"Nobody asked me," replied Jeantel, who said she can't read cursive, which the letter is written in.

An attorney speaking on behalf of the Martin family said the family doesn't want race to be an issue.

"Race is not a part of this process, and anybody who tries to inject race is wrong. Let's be clear about that -- very clear. This family does not want race as a part of this process," Daryl Parks said.

West accused Jeantel of changing her story from her first interview. He has zeroed in on slight differences among three different accounts of what happened before Martin's killing in an apparent effort to discredit her.

But Jeantel said she didn't tell Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and attorneys what the teen said in order to be sensitive to her feelings.

"That is why you cleaned up some of the language that Trayvon Martin used?" West asked.

"Yes, sir," she replied.

Later in the morning, West accused Jeantel of not calling police after Martin's phone went dead because she thought it was a fight he had provoked.

"That's why you weren't worried. That's why you didn't do anything because Trayvon Martin started the fight, and you knew that," West said.

"No, sir!" Jeantel said. "I don't know what you're talking about."

At one point, West handed her a letter she had written with the help of a friend to Fulton, explaining what happened. She looked at it but then said she couldn't read cursive handwriting. Jeantel later explained she is of Haitian descent and grew up speaking Creole and Spanish.

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The letter, in which Martin's name is spelled wrong, describes how Jeantel was speaking by cell phone with Martin as he cut through a subdivision on his way to the home where he was staying. Jeantel has said she had the letter written for Martin's parents to give her account but that she never intended for it to be made public.

"He started walking then noticed someone was following him," read the letter. "Then he decided to find a shortcut cause the man wouldn't follow him. Then he said the man didn't follow him again. Then he looked back and saw the man again. The man started getting closer. Then Trevon [sic] turned around and said Why are you following me!! Then I heard him fall. Then the phone hung up. I called back and got no response. In my mind I thought it was just a fight. Then I found out this tragic story. Thank you."

Although some exchanges between her and West were testy, Jeantel was overall more polite on her second day of testimony. West quickly took notice.

"Are you OK this morning?"

"Yes," she replied.

"You seem so different from yesterday. Just checking," West said.

Jeantel has come under fire in the past for lying about her age -- claiming to be 16 in order, she said, to avoid getting dragged into the case. She also admitted lying about her reasons for not attending Martin's funeral, saying she was in the hospital. In her testimony, she said she didn't go because she felt guilty.

O'Mara said Thursday that the trial is moving relatively quickly. He expects it to last another couple of weeks.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Martin, 17. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Fox 35 News' Valerie Boey, Fox News' Serafin Gomez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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