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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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mredundee December 11 2013 at 6:52 PM

I believe she was familiar with his history when she took up with him. Apparently it will take more than that to remove her from the "celebrity" she enjoys with him. Hopefully not TOO much more.

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Trisha mredundee December 11 2013 at 6:57 PM

"Celebrity"? Sure if you are trash that can look like someone to be proud of dating.

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sidatmarenah December 11 2013 at 6:53 PM

This was a waste of public funds!

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dickn2000b December 11 2013 at 6:53 PM

Zimmerman needs to do himself and the world a favor and disappear. As it is the police will eventually harass him to the point he does something stupid and the police shoot him.

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sharonmooreaz dickn2000b December 11 2013 at 6:56 PM

Then he will disappear.

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dramred dickn2000b December 11 2013 at 6:59 PM

he won't do himself,he's a coward,he needs to keep his 15 minutes of fame alive and needs another woman to beat on.

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loveistheonlyanswer dramred December 12 2013 at 12:39 PM

You listen to too much liberal misinformation. Read the trial transcripts to find the real truth. I bet you didn't read anything, but listened to the never ending rantings of Sharpton, Jackson and CNN.

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pmcfalls December 11 2013 at 6:54 PM

Zim can get a girlfriend and I can't. Life is cruel.

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savannahswithgod pmcfalls December 11 2013 at 7:15 PM

You got to show your guns. You got to show they was loaded. You got to show those that did not think they was loaded or did not think you would pull the trigger. Make the NRA proud!

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davebruder December 11 2013 at 6:55 PM

George .... YOU sir, are a target. Like it or not, fair or not ... you are the poster boy of someone that got away with a racial injustice. Make no mistake about it "they" are out to get you. Any confrontation you have from now on, with a clerk at Walmart, with a girlfriend, with someone that took your parking spot ... is going to say you reached for your gun, or threatened to "blaze" them with a fire arm. YOU, have got to lay low ... the system set you free ... but not from the perception of a vengeful populace.

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aabmhbetty December 11 2013 at 6:55 PM

This guy has been hounded ever since the Trayvon trial and he will continue to be hounded unless he moves out of that state. Eventually he will be found guilty of something and will go to jail if he doesn't make tracks.

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savannahswithgod aabmhbetty December 11 2013 at 7:18 PM

Nah he's doomed, doesn't matter where he goes. Might as well stay put and ride it out there. Whether justice played out in the Trayvon case or not his life is screwed and people around him in his life is screwed. Anybody getting into his life is going to be screwed. And a lot will get in it for the media not realizing that.

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loveistheonlyanswer aabmhbetty December 12 2013 at 12:43 PM

They are sure trying hard to get him!

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gggaloha December 11 2013 at 6:55 PM

If I was Zimmerman, I would get the hell out of Dodge

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rod0939 gggaloha December 11 2013 at 6:59 PM

Agree....but he is not that smart. Someone needs ot pull him aside and explain the law of averages to him. Sooner or later, it will stick.

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Tom December 11 2013 at 6:57 PM

In the Criminal Justice System this is nothing new. Police, prosecutors and judges all over the United States go through this many times a day. Plaintiffs change their minds often because in the heat of emotion they do or say something they regret later just as defendants do.

Decisions based on emotion instead of mature judgement rarely if ever have a satisfactory outcome. It sounds like Zimmermans girlfriend made a decision based on the former and is now regretting it.

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jyoung2y Tom December 11 2013 at 7:09 PM

She should be prosecuted just like his wife was.Because that mean she made a false police report

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FanOfJFK December 11 2013 at 7:01 PM

There wasn't enough evidence to convict him, but after seeing what kind of person he turned out to be, this guy likely murdered that kid.

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griffnasty December 11 2013 at 7:03 PM

On his way out of Court, the Zimmernator was overheard saying " I'll Be Back "......!!!!

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