George Zimmerman charged with felony after allegedly pointing gun at girlfriend

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FILE: George Zimmerman

By Steve Almasy


(CNN) — George Zimmerman was charged Monday with felony aggravated assault after allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, according to Dennis Lemma, chief deputy with the Seminole County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.

Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this year of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, was arrested after the incident at the home of Samantha Scheibe, Lemma said. He also was charged with two misdemeanors — domestic violence battery and criminal mischief — in connection with the same incident, Lemma said.

Zimmerman is being held in jail without bail and will make his first appearance in front of a judge Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Differing 911 calls

According to a police report on the incident, Scheibe said that after an argument Zimmerman broke a table with a shotgun then pointed it at her “for a minute.”

Scheibe called 911 at 12:30 E.T., Lemma said.

On a 911 call recording released by police, a woman can be heard telling authorities: “He’s inside my house breaking all my (things) because I asked him to leave.”

The woman then says to someone at the house, “I’m doing this again? You just broke my glass table. You just broke my sunglasses and you put your gun in my freaking face and told me to get the (expletive) out.”

A man is heard telling her to calm down, but then she tells the dispatcher that the man just pushed her out of the house and locked the door.

On a separate 911 call, a man calls to report that his girlfriend was “for lack of a better term, going crazy on me” and throwing his things out. The caller says the woman is outside with police.

When asked why he is calling, the man says, “I just want everyone to know the truth.”

He says he never pulled a firearm and that it is in a bag, locked. He claims she was the one who broke the table.

When deputies arrived at the house, Scheibe gave them a key. When they pushed open the door — which was blocked by several small pieces of furniture — they found Zimmerman, who was sitting and unarmed, Lemma said. He was passive and cooperative, Lemma said.

The sheriff’s office was seeking a search warrant to look for two guns deputies believed were inside the home, he said. According to the police report, Zimmerman had locked up the guns before police arrived.

Recent contact with authorities

This is one of several brushes that Zimmerman has had with law enforcement since he was acquitted this year of murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Earlier this month, police in Lake Mary, Florida, said no charges would result from an alleged domestic dispute in September between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Shellie Zimmerman said in September that she has doubts about his innocence in the Trayvon Martin case.

Since his acquittal in the Martin case, Zimmerman also has been stopped for speeding twice. He was pulled over the first time in Forney, Texas, in July and told the police officer he had a concealed weapon permit and a gun in his glove compartment. The officer wrote on his incident report that he gave Zimmerman a verbal warning.

Zimmerman was pulled over in early September going 60 mph in a 45-mph zone in Lake Mary and received a $256 ticket. He was not carrying a weapon at the time.

National headlines

Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the Sanford neighborhood where Zimmerman and Martin’s father lived in February 2012. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, had a confrontation with the unarmed African-American teen after calling police to report a suspicious person, and he said he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense.

Zimmerman was acquitted by a six-person jury in July on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

The high-profile case sparked a heated nationwide discussion of race as well as debate over Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

His attorney in the murder trial, Mark O’Mara, no longer represents him.

CNN’s Kim Segal and’s Graham Winch contributed to this report.

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  • MJ Brewer

    Because, like OJ, he got away with it once. Why not press his luck? He wasn’t “innocent” in the first trial and it was incredibly obvious. Why wouldn’t he get away with it again?

    Justice has nothing to do with right and wrong, it’s who has the most money.

    • Eric Anderson

      I’m a racist because I believe the Black attacked the Mexican? You low-information types will be the death of this country.

      Martin had child p0rn on his phone. He was a trained (and successful) MMA fighter who complained that a defeated opponent “didn’t bleed enough.” He used racist language routinely. He was homophobic. His autopsy showed long term abuse of a drug cocktail that is known to cause violent and paranoid behavior….and he had just purchased 2 of the 3 ingredients. (After Tweeting his intention to mix up a batch.) He attacked a teacher, got caught with burglary tools, and was thrown out of school multiple times for violence.

      But I’m a “racist.” Coming from you I take that as a compliment.

  • Patricia. Dorris

    I believe he was innocent of murder but it is still probably driving him almost insane for killing another human being. It is a sad situation, but look at all the cops that are killing people because they get scared and over react. People all act so different when they are afraid. It’s the people like Phallon Harris that you should be afraid of because he murdered in cold blood and is very proud of it. When he murdered James Marshall on 11-7-2000 he was 17, he never showed any remorse. He will be out in a few years, then everyone will have a real reason to be afraid that maybe one of your children might have something or wear ing something he doesn’t like and he will just shoot them like he did my son. Zimmerman did not kill Treyvon just to kill someone. He is probably slowly killing himself just because it happened and wanted to protect people. I know I will be on the look out to protect my family and friends from murderers like Phallon Harris. I am a 64 year old woman and my son was 22. Think about what you would do if it happened to you.

    • Eric Anderson

      It shouldn’t drive him crazy. If I shot Trayvon Martin I’d sleep soundly at night, knowing that I rid the world of a worthless bag of meat who was only going to be a burden on the taxpayers for the rest of his life.

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