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, 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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The Montgomery Downtown business association's President, Clay McInnis, who is white, offered his thoughts to NPR in reference to his own family connection to the history that included a grandfather who supported segregation and a friend who dismantled it. "How do you reconcile that on the third generation?" he asked. "You have conversations about it."

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The innumerable killings of unarmed Black men and the robbing of Black families of fathers, mothers, and children today not only strongly resemble the history of lynchings, but also bring up the discomfort and visceral reactions that many have not reckoned with.

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the man who spearheaded this project, told NPR: "There's a lot of conflict. There's a lot of tension. We're dealing with police violence. We deal with these huge disparities in our criminal justice system. You know, if everything was wonderful you could ask the question, 'Why would you talk about the difficult past?' But everything is not wonderful."

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During a launch event, the Peace and Justice Summit, Marian Wright Edelman, activist and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, urged the audience to continue their activism beyond the day's events on issues like ending child poverty and gun violence, according to the Chicago Tribune: "Don't come here and celebrate the museum ... when we're letting things happen on an even greater scale."

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