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George Zimmerman domestic violence charges dropped

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Prosecutors in Florida announced Wednesday that they will not pursue domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman.

The former Sanford, Fla. neighborhood watch volunteer was most recently arrested on Nov. 18 after his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, told police he pointed a shotgun at her face during an altercation at her Apopka, Fla., home.

Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence and battery. At his bail hearing, the prosecutor told the judge that Scheibe informed police she was afraid for her life and that Zimmerman had choked her the week before in a previous, unreported incident. The judge set his bond at $9,000, and ordered Zimmerman to stay away from Scheibe, not possess any firearms, and remain in the state of Florida.

But on Dec. 6, Scheibe changed her story, stating in an affidavit that she felt “intimidated” by police and may have “misspoken.”

She stated: “I am not afraid of George in any manner and want to be with him.”

In July, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.


  • Julia Dahl

    Julia Dahl writes about crime and justice for CBSNews.com

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