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Domestic abuse charges land Zimmerman new charges

Cyril Josh Barker | 11/21/2013, 3:07 p.m.
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While Black Floridian mother Marissa Alexander doesn’t get to spend Christmas with her son after she discharged a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband, Floridian George Zimmerman, who killed an unarmed teen, gets to spend the holidays at home after assaulting and aiming a gun at his pregnant girlfriend.

Reports indicate that Zimmerman was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault after pointing a gun at his pregnant girlfriend, putting two lives in danger.

News outlets from Florida report that Zimmerman was taken to Seminole Country Jail. In a press release, the sheriff’s office said he had been arrested for a domestic violence situation with his girlfriend on Monday afternoon.

“Deputies responded to a disturbance call,” the release said.

In court on Tuesday, a judge set Zimmerman’s bond at a mere $9,000 under the conditions that he can’t have contact with his accuser, process any weapons or travel outside of Florida and must wear a monitoring device. Public defenders are handling Zimmerman’s new case and will appear in court again on Jan. 7. With a bondsman, he will only need to pay $900 for release.

“We’re confident he’ll be acquitted of these charges,” said Assistant Public Defender Daniel Megaro.

The incident stems from an argument Zimmerman had with his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, over her choice to raise their child alone. During the altercation, Zimmerman reportedly shoved his girlfriend out of a door, locked it and shattered a glass table. In a 911 call, Zimmerman explained the two had been in a dispute over the child.

“She told me it was better if we co-parented and she raised the child on her own,” Zimmerman said to a 911 dispatcher. “I said, ‘Are you sure this is what you want to do?’ She said, ‘Yes.’”

Zimmerman is best known for killing unarmed Black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. In a case that received national attention and sparked a conversation on race, Zimmerman was found not guilty for the killing while working as part of the neighborhood watch because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Since the verdict, Zimmerman has had run-ins with the law, including being stopped in his car for speeding and police finding a gun in his vehicle. He was let off with a warning.

The latest incident marks four lives Zimmerman has threatened since he was acquitted. In September, Zimmerman’s estranged wife called law enforcement after he threatened her and her father with a gun while she was moving her belongings. No charges we filed. Shellie Zimmerman officially served her ex-husband with divorce papers at the jail.