It’s an all-too-common scenario: One person in a couple commits a crime during a domestic dispute, one of them goes to jail on the testimony of the other, and a month or two later the accuser recants his or her testimony and refuses to testify. The State drops the charges, the two immediately get back together, and the abuser is back in jail six months later having repeated that crime or worse. All things considered, then, the fact that Samantha Scheibe helped George Zimmerman walk again should come as no great shock.
On December 11th, Florida prosecutors officially dropped the domestic violence charges that had been filed against George Zimmerman in November. The charges stemmed from an altercation between Zimmerman and Scheibe, in which he allegedly broke a glass table and pointed a gun at his girlfriend’s face. The whole thing was caught on a 9-1-1 recording in real time. After the incident, Zimmerman barricaded himself inside the house, placing a 9-1-1 call of his own to get his side of the story on record before the police slapped him in handcuffs.
You can find both recordings at the bottom of the article; even the casual listener may note, as high-profile defense attorney Frank Rubino did, that Zimmerman’s voice sounds suspiciously calm, his story obviously contrived and delivered for effect and later defense.
On December 6th, Scheibe recanted her original testimony. She had contacted Zimmerman’s attorney, Jayne Weintraub, who submitted her affidavit of recant with a motion to dismiss the keep-away order that separated Zimmerman and Scheibe. She said, in part:
“We were arguing over personal matters, and I was very overwhelmed and upset at the time…When I was being questioned by the police I felt very intimidated. I was not allowed to call an attorney nor was I allowed to eat or drink anything for a very long time. I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police. I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened…George never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner.
I want to be with George. I contacted George’s attorney to ask if there is any way that the stay away order can be lifted so that we can talk and be together. I am not afraid of George and I want to be with him.”
She went on to state that she had not been threatened, coerced or intimidated into filing the retraction. While Weintraub had only filed to release the keep-away order, she wound up getting a lot more than she asked for: Now lacking any other witnesses or evidence, State prosecutors dropped the charges, and the judge rescinded the keep-away order per her request.
So, George Zimmerman is free — free to pop as many amphetamine pills as he likes, free to walk around with all the firearms in the world, and free to see the woman who most recently sent him to jail. Schiebe, at least, is under the impression that they’ll live happily ever after. And she may be right…at least, till death do they part.
Sadly, this sort of thing really isn’t uncommon; love is as stupid as it is blind, particularly when we’re too young and dumb to act on our best interests. But, thanks to young, stupid love, Zimmerman has once again proven that he’s better at dodging bullets than those he’s aiming at. And he’s once again roaming the streets of Florida with an arsenal and anger issues directed toward women and unarmed individuals — the death clock starts now.
In these matters, there’s always “he said,” “she said,” and “the truth.” So, take a few moments to listen to this “he said/she said,” and decide for yourself whether or not you think Samantha will get the kind of happy ending she’s looking for.
Samantha Scheib’s 9-1-1 Call
Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 Call