George Zimmerman Freed On Bail After Domestic Dispute With Girlfriend [VIDEO]
George Zimmerman was once again allowed to walk after posting bail Tuesday in connection with a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend. However, a restraining order has been filed and a judge barred him from having guns or leaving the state.
Florida's state's attorney had requested $50,000, but instead Seminole County Judge Fred Schott gave Zimmerman a break. In spite of a new claim that Zimmerman tried to choke his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe, the judge let him post bail. Judge Schott raised the standard $5,000 bail for the charges to $9,000.
Zimmerman, posted bond and left the jail about 4:30 p.m. and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 7 on domestic-violence charges involving aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief. This is the third time he has been charged with this offense.
Attorney Lymary Munoz said Scheibe's safety was "of paramount concern." The judge raised the bail after Munoz told the court Zimmerman tried to choke his client a week and a half ago. Scheibe didn't call the police for that incident, yet she claimed that Zimmerman had threatened suicide, saying he had nothing to lose.
The 30-year old Zimmerman, was also ordered to have no contact with Scheibe and must wear an electronic monitoring device around his ankle to ensure that he stays within 1,500-foot "exclusionary zones" around two addresses in the area.
He was arrested Monday at the Apopka home of Scheibe, who told sheriff's deputies he had pointed a shotgun at her after she told him to move out.
The judge, citing potential "volatile situations," ruled that only a third party could go back to the Scheibe house to pick up Zimmerman's remaining possessions.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said, Scheibe had called 911 to her house Monday afternoon after Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her and locked her out of her own house. Zimmerman then barricaded himself inside until deputies entered the house. Apparently what set Zimmerman off was a argument between him and his girlfriend took place involving "some kind of separation in their relationship", officers said.
Scheibe told officers Zimmerman had a several guns in the house, however, Zimmerman was unarmed and offered no resistance when officiers entered the house. By the way, the arrest report said Zimmerman had apparently locked up the shotgun before deputies arrived.
According to the arrest report, Scheibe told deputies Zimmerman became upset as she carried his belongings out of the house saying he pulled a shotgun out. When she told him she was going to call police, Zimmerman pointed the weapon at her and "asked her if she really wanted to do that." From there, she said Zimmerman smashed a glass-top coffee table with the gun butt and physically pushed her out house and locked the door.
As previously reported, George Zimmerman has had several incidents involving police since he was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin. His wife, Shellie, moved out of their house and filed for divorce in September. Police were called out when she and her father were assaulted by Zimmerman, who threatened them with a gun as they moved her belongings out of their Lake Mary home.
Police handcuffed Zimmerman, but later let him go after she retracted her claims. In fact, Lake Mary police closed the case last week, because Mrs. Zimmerman didn't press charges. Of course he has been pulled over three times for minor traffic incidents, twice receiving warnings and once getting a speeding ticket.
Ironically, Shellie Zimmerman hadn't been able to serve her husband with divorce papers because she didn't know were he was until he was arrested Monday. Mrs. Zimmerman served divorce papers to George Zimmerman while he was in jail.