George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder but can’t seem to avoid the law. Is he following the footsteps of O.J. Simpson? Zimmerman was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault on Monday.
According to Dennis Lemma, Zimmerman allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend during a domestic dispute. Lemma is the chief deputy with the Seminole County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.
In conjunction with this incident Zimmerman was also charged with two misdemeanors; criminal mischief and domestic violence battery. He was arrested at the home he and his girlfriend, Samantha Schiebe, shared together. Zimmerman is being held without bail and will appear before a judge on Tuesday.
According to Schiebe, Zimmerman allegedly pointed a long-barreled shotgun at her and broke a table. Schiebe managed to access the doorway and called 911 as Zimmerman pushed her out the door. He then attempted to barricade the door using small furniture.
Once authorities arrived to the scene Schiebe gave them the key to access the residence. Once they unlocked the door and pushed it past the makeshift barricade, they found an unarmed Zimmerman sitting down. He was composed, calm and cooperative according to Lemma.
It seems that Zimmerman is following the footsteps of O.J. and can’t manage to get his life together.
This is just one of the many brushes with the law that Zimmerman has had since his acquittal. He was acquitted earlier this year of the murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
In September Zimmerman was accused of another domestic issue with, Shellie, his estranged wife. Shellie reported to 911 that Zimmerman had threatened her father-in-law and punched him in the nose. Zimmerman claimed that he was, again, acting in self defense during the incident. No gun was found on Zimmerman and Lake Mary police confirmed that no charges resulted in that incident.
After the Shellie’s last dispute with Zimmerman she said she doubted his innocence in the Trayvon case.
Zimmerman has also been stopped twice for speeding. The first time he was stopped was in Texas where he received a verbal warning and again in Florida where his prize was a ticket for $256.
Again, Zimmerman can’t stay out of trouble and seems to be the 2013 version of O.J. Simpson.
The battery charges he faces are for allegedly pushing Schiebe; the mischief charge is for the alleged breaking of the table and the aggravated assault charge is for allegedly pointing the shotgun at his girlfriend.
According to Lemma, the sheriff’s office is attempting to get a search warrant in order to locate the two guns they believe are inside of the residence. Law enforcement believes Zimmerman locked the up the guns before they arrived.
Attorney Mark O’Mara is no longer representing Zimmerman and as a result had no comment when his office was contacted. A spokesman for his firm said any remarks from their office would be inappropriate.
Due to Zimmerman’s high-profile status, he is being held in cell by himself and is being check on every hour.
Lemma has confirmed that in addition to the normal allowances, authorities have requested that Zimmerman wear an electronic monitoring device should he be released. The deputy the extra step is the standard request made in all domestic violence cases in the county.
Thirty-year-old Zimmerman was arrested and taken to John E. Polk Correctional Facility on Monday where he will stay until he goes before a judge on Tuesday.
George Zimmerman was exonerated this summer of murdering an unarmed Trayvon Martin. On Monday he was arrested in Florida and charged with battery domestic violence, aggravated assault, and criminal mischief. Listen below to the 911 call.
Is Zimmerman following the footsteps of O.J.?
George appeared before a judge on Tuesday afternoon and at that time bail was set at $9,000. The following stipulations were placed on Zimmerman’s bail: He cannot return to two Florida addresses, with the exception of one time and with law enforcement accompanying him while he gathers his belongings. He must wear a monitoring device at all times, can have no weapons, no contact with his accuser and cannot leave Florida.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)