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George Zimmerman jailed over assault, domestic violence charges

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(CNN) — George Zimmerman was arrested Monday afternoon in central Florida “after deputies responded to a disturbance call,” the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this year of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, was charged Monday with aggravated assault, battery — domestic violence, and criminal mischief, after an incident at his girlfriend’s home in central Florida, Dennis Lemma, Chief Deputy with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, said.

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 will 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.

His attorney in the murder trial, Mark O’Mara, no longer represents him.

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

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5 comments

  • A.Yeshuratnam.

    We need not rush to any conclusion. Zimmerman had only pointed the Shotgun when she provoked him by saying that she would call police. The psychological response for most persons in such situations when they are insulted is to point the gun, not to shoot but to frighten the person showering insults. It’s a challenge to masculine dignity. If he had any intention of shooting her, he would not pack the shotgun and assault rifle. Packing itself was a sign of his leaving the house. We don’t know what all happened between him and his girlfriend before they began to quarrel. We don’t know the words used by Scheibe to make Zimmerman to lose his temper. She had ordered him to leave the house and that by itself was highly provocative. He was compliant and Scheibe herself had admitted that he was packing his belongings to leave the house. There was no shooting and , I’m, sure, Zimmerman will come out unscathed. if competent criminal lawyers are appointed. .

    • Dustin Cavanaugh

      “The psychological response for most persons in such situations when they are insulted is to point the gun, not to shoot but to frighten the person showering insults.” you definitely need a psychological evaluation if you think that is a normal response.

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