George Zimmerman Arrested for Domestic Violence, Bond Set at $9,000

The arrest is Zimmerman’s second since he was acquitted of murder for shooting unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

Updated: 11/19/13, 9:04am ET with charges, the 911 calls and added details.
11/19/13, 2:18pm ET with details on court appearance, bond.

By Chris Hoenig

George Zimmerman has been arrested again, accused of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.George Zimmerman, the man found not guilty of second-degree murder after shooting and killing unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is back in police custody.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says the 30-year-old was arrested after police responded to a disturbance in the town of Apopka, where his girlfriend lives. Multiple media outlets reported that he was arrested for a domestic dispute involving his 27-year-old girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, and a gun. Zimmerman allegedly pushed Scheibe out of the house after telling her he was packing and leaving the house they shared and pointed a shotgun at her.

You can hear Scheibe’s 911 call here:

He then used furniture to barricade himself inside the house and called 911 himself, but initially refused to speak to police. You can listen to his 911 call below:

Police were eventually able to make entry and arrest Zimmerman without incident. Police recovered a shotgun and assault rifle from inside the house.

TMZ reports that Scheibe is pregnant, which would make the charges, including aggravated assault with a weapon, an automatic felony. He has also been charged with misdemeanor battery-domestic violence and criminal mischief. According to the Seminole County jail’s website, Zimmerman is being held without bail pending his Tuesday afternoon court appearance.

In that court appearance, prosecutors said Scheibe told police that Zimmerman had choked her a week ago, but she didn’t report it to police. A judge set Zimmerman’s bond at $9,000 and ordered him not to possess guns or ammunition, to wear a monitoring device, and to stay away from Scheibe and her house.

Zimmerman was briefly taken into police custody in September after an altercation with his ex-wife, Shellie Zimmerman, that also allegedly involved a gun. Shellie Zimmerman called 911 to report that George Zimmerman had punched her father in the face and smashed her iPad. She had filed for divorce just days earlier.

“I did not see a gun, but I saw—I know my husband. I saw him in a stance and a look in his eyes that I have never seen before,” she said. “His shirt was halfway unbuttoned and he was putting his hand in his shirt and saying, ‘Please step closer, please step closer,’ so I think that logically I assumed he had a gun on him.”

No charges were ultimately filed in that case.

Later that month, Shellie Zimmerman went on NBC’s Today and admitted that she questioned the jury’s acquittal of her husband in Martin’s death. “I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off and start to see things differently,” she said, referencing the dispute that led to George Zimmerman being handcuffed. “I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don’t know the person that I have been married to.”

Asked if she thought the night would have ended differently if Trayvon Martin had been white, she replied, “Yes, I do.”

Zimmerman has also been stopped for speeding twice since his trial ended. In one of those incidents, he admitted to a Texas police officer that he had a gun in his glove compartment.

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  • No surpises here.

    He has been emboldened by all the support he received from people who couldn’t have care less that he shot and killed an unarmed teen, because he was a black, male teen. We all know if it had been an unarmed white teen, he would have been arrested immediately. Of this, I have no doubt.

    Well, he’s armed and we already know he’s dangerous. When he finally kills someone that people care about, well, it was totally forseeable, isn’t it?

  • Zimmerman is legally entitled to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, these repeated allegations of violence — coupled with his access to/use of firearms — are increasingly disturbing. Is he a time bomb waiting to (again?) explode? Is it only a matter of time until someone else is seriously injured or dies at his hands? The only bright spot is that these post-Trayvon incidents may result in his — finally — losing his right to bear arms.

    • Someone has ALREADY died at his hands. Do you need to see someone who resembles HIM to die before you take his disrespect and disregard more seriously?

  • The justice system will mete out justice to Zimmerman if he harms his girlfriend. HIs behavior since his acquittal makes the decision of the jury even more disgusting!

  • I’m thoroughly convinced that the concept of karma exists and Zimmerman has been exuding bad karma for years, even prior to the Martin shooting. Let’s hope no one else has to die or be hurt while his karma comes back at him.

    • You are absolutely right!!! Karma is a B—-! We don’t always “see” justice; esp. when hurt or angry, and it’s not always via society’s justice systems, but it does prevail.

  • This is a pattern with Mr. Zimmerman. He was charged prior to the Trayvon Marting killing with domestic violence and resisting arrest. Why this man is allowed to carry a gun or be a neighborhood watch person is mind blowing. Now his ego has been boosted by his acquittal and all the public support. He will end up killing again.

  • Certainly take away his gun(s).
    Probably not, though…it’s Florida. (what a mess)
    Many people get into the same situations…but are never blasted all over the media.
    More attention to him also because he’s Hispanic !

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