By Albert Lin
George Zimmerman is in the news again after yet another encounter with police.
This time, Trayvon Martin’s killer was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon. After being arrested in Lake Mary, Fla., at a home owned by his parents, he was booked into John E. Polk Correctional Facility in nearby Sanford at about 9:45 p.m. Friday night.
His lawyer, Don West, says that Zimmerman allegedly threw a wine bottle at his girlfriend earlier in the week. “Whatever happened took place several days ago,” West told reporters. “And, as far as I know, they have not been together for some time, certainly not since then.”
The arresting officer first learned of the incident after stopping Zimmerman’s girlfriend last Monday night in a routine traffic stop, shortly after the fight. He could not reach Zimmerman on Monday or Tuesday and was off on Wednesday and Thursday, which explains the delay in the arrest.
The alleged victim has not been identified, although a police spokesperson said she is not the same girlfriend whom Zimmerman was arrested for allegedly assaulting in 2013.
“It’s clear he hasn’t been very lucky with the ladies the last few months,” West said of his client.
Zimmerman appeared in court on Saturday and was ordered not to contact the girlfriend. He was also told to surrender any firearms that he owns. He was released after posting $5,000 bail. He is due back in court on Feb. 17.
Since he was acquitted of the 2012 shooting death of unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman has found himself back in the spotlight on a regular basis.
Shortly after the July 2013 verdict, Zimmerman was pulled over for speeding in Texas. That September, his ex-wife accused him of threatening her and her father with a gun, but ultimately decided against filing a complaint. Two months later, he was arrested for a domestic-violence incident, but his then girlfriend asked that charges be dropped. Last September, a man claimed that Zimmerman threatened to kill him in a road-rage incident; Zimmerman was not arrested and has not been charged in that incident.
In a rare public appearance at, of all things, a gun show in March 2014, Zimmerman stumbled when asked whether he feels any remorse for the death of Martin.