SANFORD, Florida (AP) - George Zimmerman goes before a judge Tuesday on
charges related to a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, yet another
outburst involving allegations he used a firearm to threaten and another
case of conflicting versions of what happened.
In this latest scuffle, both Zimmerman and the woman he was arguing
with each called 911 and provided dueling descriptions to police dispatchers about the argument.
Zimmerman's 27-year-old girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, accused him in a
911 call of pointing a gun at her, smashing a coffee table and then
pushing her outside. Zimmerman also called dispatchers, flatly denying
pointing a gun at her and blaming her for the broken table.
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The facts surrounding Zimmerman's fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin
were equally murky, and Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges.
Relatives of the black 17-year-old, who was unarmed, accused Zimmerman
of racially profiling the teen and instigating a fight. Zimmerman said
he shot the teen in self-defense. That case sparked nationwide debates
about race and self-defense laws.
In September, just roughly months after his acquittal, Zimmerman was
accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at
the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman initially told a dispatcher
her husband had a gun, though she later said he was not armed. No
charges were ever filed against either person because of a lack of
Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree
felony punishable by up to five years in prison if convicted. He also
has been charged with battery and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.
Scheibe told deputies the ordeal started with a verbal argument and
that she asked Zimmerman to leave the house. Her account in the arrest
report says he began packing his belongings, including a shotgun and an
assault rifle. She says she began putting his things in the living room
and outside the house, and he became upset. At that point, the report
says, he took the shotgun out of its case.
Zimmerman told his girlfriend to leave and smashed a pair of her
sunglasses as she walked toward the front door, the report says. Scheibe
told deputies he pushed her out of the house when she got close to the
"You point your gun at my fricking face," Scheibe is heard telling
Zimmerman on a 911 call. "Get out of my house. Do not push me out of my
house. Please get out of my house."
Seconds later, she told the dispatcher, "You kidding me? He pushed me
out of my house and locked me out. ... He knows how to do this. He
knows how to play this game."
Moments later, Zimmerman called 911 from inside the barricaded house to tell his side of the story.
"I have a girlfriend, who for lack of a better word, has gone crazy on me," Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman then said he never pulled a gun on his girlfriend and that
it was she who smashed a table at the home they shared. He also told the
dispatcher that Scheibe was pregnant with their child and that she had
decided she would raise the child on her own. When Zimmerman started to
leave, "she got mad," he said.
Seminole County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a
news conference that Scheibe wasn't pregnant. He also said Zimmerman was
compliant and unarmed when deputies came to the house.
At Zimmerman's first court appearance Tuesday, a judge may consider
bail. If so, the judge will consider the usual factors: Is Zimmerman a
flight risk? Does he pose a threat to the community? Will he intimidate
potential witnesses? But the judge also can consider Zimmerman's prior
brushes with the law, if he wants, said Orlando defense attorney David
"You can consider anything at the bond hearing," Hill said. "If I
were the judge, I'd be concerned about the presence of guns in Mr.
The arrest was the latest legal problem for Zimmerman since he was
acquitted last summer of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of
Martin. Zimmerman, 30, 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. Federal
authorities are now reviewing the case the see if Martin's civil rights
In addition to the domestic dispute with his estranged wife in September, Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic stops
since his acquittal. He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary, Florida, in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were
too darkly tinted. He was also stopped near Dallas in July and given a
warning for speeding.
In 2005, Zimmerman had to take anger management courses after he was
accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest
Later that year, Zimmerman's former fiancee filed for a restraining
order against him, alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman responded by
requesting a restraining order against her. Both requests were granted.
No criminal charges were filed.