Third time’s the charm? The firearm-worshipping former neighborhood watchman who stalked and murdered unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has landed himself in hot water again! Samantha Scheibe, Zimmerman’s current girlfriend with whom he has been living until recently, is now the third woman to accuse George Zimmerman of domestic violence, making this George’s third brush with domestic violence accusations.
In August 2005, Zimmerman’s former fiance sought a restraining order, alleging domestic violence. He asked for one against her in return. Both were granted. Shellie Zimmerman has also alleged that George punched her father and threatened her with a gun. While no gun was found (his vehicle was not searched), and Shellie did not press charges (sadly common among domestic violence victims), Zimmerman clearly has a history of domestic abuse.
Then, Zimmerman was arrested Monday after he cocked and pointed his shotgun at Scheibe, but not before he smashed a glass table with the butt of his gun. During the 911 call, Zimmerman pushed Scheibe out of her house and locked the door. (Zimmerman allegedly choked Scheibe last week, but she didn’t report the incident to police.)
Zimmerman claims that the dispute arose over the victim’s alleged pregnancy, but she denies that she’s pregnant. George says his gun was locked in a bag, that he did not pull it on her, and that she broke her own table. When deputies arrived, they found that Zimmerman had not only locked the door, but barricaded it with furniture. He was unarmed and cooperative, though. According to the police report, Zimmerman had locked up his guns before officers arrived.
Scheibe says that Zimmerman has been suicidal lately.
Click to Hear the 911 Call
Judge Frederic Schott said that he found probable cause for Zimmerman’s arrest on a felony charge of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and criminal mischief. At first, Assistant State Attorney Lymary Munoz asked for $50,000 bail, while the defense asked for $4,900. Judge Schott decided on $9,000 because of the new choking allegations.
George’s Bail Hearing
Zimmerman has posted his $9,000 bond and is once again free — but with a catch. One condition of Zimmerman’s bond is that he not possess weapons until his arraignment on January 7. Zimmerman can not contact Scheibe, must refrain from going to two addresses, and must remain in the state of Florida. The judge initially told Zimmerman that he could return to one of the two addresses from which he is banned to retrieve his belongings (only if accompanied by an officer), but ultimately decided that a third party could go instead.
Zimmerman is now required to wear a monitoring device so police will know where he is at all times. Now that his location is public knowledge, his wife Shellie Zimmerman paid him a visit Monday night to serve him the divorce papers he’s been hiding from.
Thus far, Georgie has evaded taking responsibility for his actions. Could it be that his luck has run out?