George Zimmerman Will Not Be Charged in Domestic Dispute

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George Zimmerman will not be charged in connection with a domestic dispute with his girlfriend last month, prosecutors announced Wednesday.


George Zimmerman was arrested Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, afternoon in central Florida “after deputies responded to a disturbance call,” the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. He is pictured in a booking photo.
(Credit: Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)

The decision not to pursue the case came in response to a statement by Zimmerman’s girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, on Monday that she wanted the charges dropped, said State Attorney Phil Archer.

Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief after Scheibe called 911 on Nov. 18 to report the incident.

During a hearing on Nov. 19 Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma testified that Schiebe told dispatchers that Zimmerman broke a table and pointed the long-barreled gun at her. When she called for help, Zimmerman pushed her out the door and pushed small furniture in front of the door.

In her statement, Scheibe described the incident as a misunderstanding.

“I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police,” Scheibe said in a statement. “I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened.”

“Upon reviewing the recent affidavit of the Ms. Scheibe and taking into account the conflicting statements about what occurred, the failure to cooperate with the ongoing investigation, and a lack of any other corroborating evidence or witnesses, there is no reasonable likelihood of successful prosecution,” Archer said in a written statement.

CNN contributed to this report.

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