George Zimmerman Charged With Aggravated Assault

Following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend

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Seminole County Sheriff's Office

George Zimmerman in a mug shot taken on Nov. 18, 2013

Updated: Nov. 18, 2013, 9:18 p.m. E.T.

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this year of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief on Monday following a domestic dispute at his girlfriend’s home in Florida.

Chief deputy Dennis Lemma of the Seminole County Police Department in Florida said at a press conference on Monday that Zimmerman pulled a shotgun on his girlfriend. Zimmerman reportedly offered no resistance during his arrest. His girlfriend has not been identified by the police.

There were no known injuries at the time of the press conference.

Though Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in July, he was questioned in September following an incident involving his estranged wife. No charges were filed in that case.

In the 911 tape, Zimmerman’s girlfriend tells dispatchers that the former neighborhood-watch captain was breaking things in her house because she asked him to leave. She can be heard yelling that Zimmerman broke her glass table and pointed a gun in her face.

“He knows how to do this,” she told the dispatcher. “He knows how to play this game.” She also said he pushed her out the door and locked her out.

In a separate call from inside the house, Zimmerman told a 911 dispatcher that he never pulled a gun on his girlfriend and that she threw his gun, which was in a bag, out of the house during the altercation.

“She just started smashing stuff, taking stuff that belonged to me,” Zimmerman said on the call. He also told the dispatcher that his girlfriend broke a glass table when he told her he was leaving.

When asked why he wouldn’t speak directly to police, who were on the scene at the time of the call, Zimmerman said, “I just want everyone to know the truth.”

Zimmerman, who was being held in a one-man cell at the Seminole County jail, is scheduled to appear before county judge Fred Scott at 1:30p.m. on Tuesday.


[Orlando Sentinel]