Zimmerman charged with assaulting girlfriend
APOPKA, Fla. — George Zimmerman was charged with assault on Monday when his girlfriend called deputies to the home where they were living and claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said.
The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 in the early afternoon to say that Zimmerman had smashed a glass table, threatened her with the shotgun and ultimately pushed her out of the house, according to an arrest report.
Zimmerman told a 911 operator that he never pulled a gun on his girlfriend, and that it was she who smashed the table at the home they shared outside Orlando.
Deputies used a key provided by Scheibe to unlock the door, and they were able to push through the barricade of items, Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference hours after the arrest.
“She was very concerned for her own safety, especially having the weapon pointed at her and then being pushed out,” Lemma said.
Lemma says Zimmerman was compliant and unarmed when deputies arrived to the house.
Zimmerman was charged with domestic aggravated assault with a weapon, domestic battery and criminal mischief. His first court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. He will be housed in a single-person cell, and guards will check on him hourly, Lemma added.
Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the black teenager, who was unarmed, touched off a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old to defend himself during a fight in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Defense chief says U.S. can fly over South China Sea
- Growth potential remains for online gambling
- Army lab sent at least 1 live batch of anthrax
- Charged Baltimore officers seek change of venue
- Worries mount of unleashed ‘Taliban 5’
- Administration finalizes, defends broader regulations under Clean Water Act
- Morgan settles lawsuit with Wal-Mart over crash
- Cleanup begins from deadly flooding in Texas amid continuing rain
- Dems tell DHS to end family detention
- FCC clears technology use to block robocalls
- Fossils point to relative of ‘Lucy’ species