George Zimmerman will not be charged after alleged altercation with wife

No charges will be filed against George Zimmerman after an alleged altercation with his estranged wife and her father, Lake Mary, Florida, Police Chief Steve Bracknell said Monday.

“Shellie Zimmerman has declined prosecution (after consulting with her attorney),” Bracknell said.

George Zimmerman had been temporarily detained by police after Shellie Zimmerman told 911 Monday that he had threatened her and her father with a weapon.

On the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, is breathing heavily when she tells a dispatcher that Zimmerman is still at the house.

“He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he’s saying, ‘Step closer.’ He’s just threatening all of us with his firearm,” she says.

Shellie Zimmerman also tells 911 that George Zimmerman punched her father in the nose, then smashed her iPad before getting in his truck.

“I don’t know what he’s capable of. I’m really, really scared,” she says.

Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney and a CNN legal analyst, said, “There was heightened emotion, and a disagreement took place.”

O’Mara said Shellie Zimmerman no longer lives at the house — which is owned by her father, David Bryant Dean — and had come to it to retrieve some belongings.

zimmermancourtAfter he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.

Zimmerman had offered to turn over surveillance tapes from security cameras at the house to investigators.

Shellie Zimmerman called 911 just after 2 p.m. ET, Bracknell said earlier.

George Zimmerman had a bodyguard in the truck with him when police arrived, Bracknell said.

Police had drawn their guns and told the bodyguard to “stand by out of the way.”

Police said Dean spoke with first responders but was not treated by paramedics.

The incident comes two months after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

George’s brother, Robert, tweeted after his brother’s detention that the public shouldn’t “jump to conclusions.”

Shellie Zimmerman’s divorce filing last week in Seminole County came after she pleaded guilty to perjury on August 28 for lying about the state of the couple’s finances during a bond hearing in April 2012. She had claimed she and her husband were broke, when in reality they had collected about $135,000 in donations.

Since his acquittal on July 13, George Zimmerman has been in the headlines several times. In late July, he reportedly helped a family escape from an overturned SUV. A report from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his involvement.

More recently, Zimmerman has been pulled over in traffic twice. The first time, he was given a verbal warning for a traffic violation in Texas and reportedly told officers he had a firearm in his glove compartment. The second time was in Florida last week, when he was issued a $256 ticket for speeding.

Lake Mary is a suburb of Orlando near Sanford.
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5 comments

  • Mike

    I don't know what happened, but does anyone else find this quote scary? "Anytime we have anybody suspected of doing anything, we place them in investigative detention until a complete investigation has been done". They just lock you up indefinitely if they suspect you of doing something?

    • Diane

      What this is about is the Zimmerman defense fund. The wife wants out of the marriage for whatever reason and she wants as much of the marital assets as possible. . It happens . Shortly after Zimmerman was declared not guilty , the wife and her family started putting liens on the Defense Fund hoping to come away with a lot of money. FWIW, if your deceased parentsl leave you money in a will……….thats your money not considered marital property unless your wife is also named in the will. What has yet to be decided iin this case is whether defense monies that were donated online are marital property or did people donate this money to George Zimmeramn to help pay for Zimmerman's legal discovery in his trial. The soon to be ex-Mrs. George Zimmeramn and her family just wants to get the upper hand in the divorce.

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