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Prosecutor: No domestic charges against Zimmerman



By Kurt Anderson

MIAMI (AP) - George Zimmerman will not face domestic violence charges because his girlfriend did not wish to pursue the case and there was scant evidence of a crime, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.

Samantha Scheibe's decision not to cooperate and the lack of other corroborating evidence would have made the case difficult to prove, State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said in a statement.

"There is no reasonable likelihood of a successful prosecution," Archer said.

Zimmerman Arrested

Zimmerman, 30, had faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief following a Nov. 18 confrontation at the central Florida house he shared with Scheibe. She initially told police Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house.

She recanted much of that in an affidavit filed this week in which she referred to Zimmerman as "my boyfriend" and said she wanted him back.

If convicted of the felony assault charge, Zimmerman could have gotten a maximum of five years in prison. He had been free on $9,000 bail prior to Archer's announcement and had been ordered to stay away from Scheibe's house in Apopka.

Zimmerman's attorney, Jayne Weintraub, filed a motion earlier this week asking that the no-contact order be lifted. That motion included Scheibe's affidavit stating she did not want the prosecution to go forward.

"I am pleased that I was able to present credible evidence to reasonable prosecutors who took the time to listen and that justice prevailed," Weintraub said in an email. "This demonstrates how great our system is."

The arrest was one of a string of legal problems for Zimmerman since he was acquitted last summer of murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer, said he shot the unarmed, black teenager in self-defense during a confrontation in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.

Relatives of Martin accused Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, of racially profiling the teen and instigating the fight. The case triggered a national debate about race and an examination of self-defense laws.

In September, 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 unarmed.

No charges were ever filed because of a lack of evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers.

Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic violations since his acquittal.

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tsafa December 22 2013 at 6:04 PM

Dude... They are out to get you.... I suggest you keep a real low profile.

If you see a kid being murdered..... DO NOT HELP !!!! They will arrest you for it.

Close you eyes and look the other way.

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MMitchell December 22 2013 at 5:07 PM

Allstarcaps is a total Ahole!

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allstarcaps December 22 2013 at 1:59 PM

Of course there are no charges...everything since TM has been harassment or a set up. A young afrodrugpunk took things too far and died because of HIS actions NOT GZ's, who was simply standing his ground under the law. Hats off to the GZ's of the world!

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Ralph Crawford December 21 2013 at 9:12 AM

Teflon George escapes again!

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azcorrections December 13 2013 at 1:30 AM

all these women have low self esteem, and love the violence...they love relationships like this..they keep going back, until one day, they get what they are looking for, except it won't be love.

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JOHN COLE December 12 2013 at 10:39 PM

All of you PEOPLE here Are Stupid as SH*T

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mstock23 December 12 2013 at 5:42 PM

i dont condone violence.. but i'm hoping the idiot goes back with him and gets her teeth knocked out.

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mstock23 December 12 2013 at 5:49 PM

and also bring her butt up on charges for making a false report/abuse of 911 system

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deerpal December 12 2013 at 4:46 PM

Just a matter of time... And next time someone in your family may end up dead because of his temper and getting away with everything...

Just like the kid today who got away with killing 4 people in a car (DUI)...and got off because...as his defense attorneys said..."He came from a rich family who let him get away with everything...therefore it isn't his fault" ... So why did the court let him get away with it again ? Next time it is on them... And next time Zimmerman kills someone...it will be on the stupid court system...and some of the "bleeding hearts" on here...

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actorkentm December 12 2013 at 5:15 PM

The only chance of you being considered a "Critical Thinker" is by keeping your thoughts to yourself.

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pllid203 December 12 2013 at 5:49 PM

if yolu are going to post drmatic crap like that have a source

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thedon300z December 12 2013 at 3:33 PM

I think some enterprising women are looking to manufacture saleable fodder for a book or scandal sheet payoff deals. When it comes down to the point they realize they either have to tell the truth or get prosecuted for false reporting or perjury they back down.

The reason Zimmerman keeps getting off is because he isnt guilty of breaking any laws - and that is the only reason. The DAs down there are still pissed about the Martin trial and if they could get him for spitting on the sidewalk they would do it. They just cant make anyting stick.

The media is pathetic. They are now reduced to only having the fact he has traffic tickets. And, they actually print this!

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bobjimflys December 12 2013 at 3:23 PM

I am not really interested in any more Zimmerman news, just let it fade away. I did have a couple others comment on my comment last time, doubt I will see them again. I said he will probably get all his guns and ammo back, they all sited reasons he would not get his guns back. Looks like I was correct. Now just let Zimmerman trail go into obscurity....

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