July 25, 2013
Based on the dictates of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the jury in the Trayvon Martin murder case had virtually no legal basis to do anything but acquit George Zimmerman of both second-degree murder and manslaughter.
by Don Fulsom and Alisha Dingus
Update: Zimmerman Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges -- Threatens Girlfriend With Shotgun
Just over four months after his acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was arrested on charges of agravated assault, battery, domestic violence and criminal mischief. The complaint was filed by his girlfriend, Samatha Scheibe, who called 911 on the afternoon of November 18, 2013, to report that Zimmerman had broken a glass table in her house, threatened her with a shotgun, pushed her out of her home with the shotgun pointed at her face and barricaded himself inside by pushing furniture up against the front door. Scheibe's home is in Apopka, Florida, about 15 miles from Orlando.
On the 911 tape Scheibe, 27, is heard yelling at Zimmerman: "You put a gun in my freakin' face" and then telling the dispatcher that "He knows how to do this. He knows how to play this game."
Zimmerman was arrested without incident.
At the bail hearing the next day, county prosecutors in Sanford, Florida, told Judge Fred Schott that Scheibe was afraid for her own safety, saying she said that Zimmerman had chocked her during an unreported incident a week ago. She told the prosecutors she was in the process of breaking up with Zimmerman when he forced her out of her own house. Scheibe said Zimmerman, who had been living with her since August, kept a shotgun, an AR-15 rifle and two handguns in her home.
Although prosecutors asked for bail to be set at $50,000, Judge Schott set it at $9,000 and Zimmerman was released on bail that day. The terms of bail include no contact with Scheibe, Zimmerman must remain in Florida, he may not posess firearms or ammunition, and he must wear an electronic bracelet until his arraignment on January 7, 2014.
Two months earlier, Zimmerman was in investigative detention after his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, called 911 to report that he was threatening her and her father. Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell said the 911 call was placed just after 2 p.m. on September, 9, 2012, and that Mrs. Zimmerman told police that Zimmernan was inside her father's house and that he had "battered her father."