News: George's Winning Streak Continues, Zimmerman Catches Big Break
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 11:45AM
Former Florida neighborhood watcher worker George Zimmerman is once again off the hook after being arrested and charged for domestic violence on his girlfriend last month.
According to reports, Zimmerman's girlfriend decided not to press charges against him despite earlier claims.
The decision not to pursue the case comes days after Zimmerman's girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, said in a court document that she didn't want him to be charged. "Upon reviewing the recent affidavit of the Ms. Scheibe and taking into account the conflicting statements about what occurred, the failure to cooperate with the ongoing investigation, and a lack of any other corroborating evidence or witnesses, there is no reasonable likelihood of successful prosecution," Archer said in a written statement. (CNN)
Zimmerman's attorney Jayne Weintraub also issued a statement on the case fading to black.
"On behalf of George Zimmerman, I am pleased that I was able to present credible evidence to reasonable prosecutors who took the time to listen and that justice prevailed. This demonstrates how great our system is." (Statement)
Despite serious charges, Zimmerman was released on a $9,000 bond on November 19.
On Tuesday afternoon, a judge set a $9,000 bond for Zimmerman and directed that he have no contact with his alleged victim, not leave the state of Fla., and not possess any firearms or ammunition as he awaits an arraignment on domestic violence charges. Dressed in a gray jumpsuit, Zimmerman appeared in a Sanford, Fla. courtroom the day after being arrested for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend during an altercation in her Apopka, Fla., home. He is charged with aggravated assault, battery, domestic violence and criminal mischief He must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet until his arraignment on Jan. 7, 2014. (CBS News)
While in jail, George's estranged wife had him served with divorce papers.
As if being accused of choking his girlfriend, shoving a gun in her face and threatening suicide weren't enough, his wife Shellie served him with divorce papers in jail and his lawyer said he is $2.5 million in debt. During his two-day stint in jail, his estranged wife, who had her own domestic dispute with him back in September, was able to serve him with a divorce petition, NBC News added. (International Business Times)
Buzz behind his unexpected arrest bubbled across the Internet in early November.
Mr. Zimmerman, 30, was charged with domestic aggravated assault, domestic battery and criminal mischief after he and his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, had an argument at their home in Apopka, northwest of Orlando, said Chief Deputy Sheriff Dennis Lemma of Seminole County. Ms. Scheibe told investigators that she had asked Mr. Zimmerman to leave the residence, and that he had begun packing his belongings, including two firearms, before growing agitated and turning violent. (New York Times)
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