• George Zimmerman granted $9K bond in aggravated assault case


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - George Zimmerman was granted a bond amount of $9,000 Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault.

    A judge ordered that Zimmerman avoid contact with the alleged victim and to stay away from weapons. He was also ordered to wear a GPS tracking device, and he is not allowed to travel outside of Florida.

    Zimmerman faces a felony charge of aggravated assault following his arrest at the home where he lives with his girlfriend in Apopka.

    Zimmerman was acquitted of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin earlier this year.

    Channel 9 learned Zimmerman's girlfriend told authorities he broke a table and pointed a long-barreled shotgun at her during a verbal dispute at her home on Topfield Court.

    "I'm doing this again? You just broke my glass table, you just broke my sunglasses, and you put your gun in my friggin' face and told me to get the f--- out, this is not your house," Samantha Scheibe can be heard saying on a 911 call.

    Scheibe claims she told Zimmerman to leave the home she rents, and that he's been living in since August.

    On top of the felony assault charge, Zimmerman also faces battery and criminal mischief charges, according Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

    Scheibe is the same woman who was with Zimmerman in September when Shellie Zimmerman called 911 claiming George Zimmerman attacked her.

    Scheibe can be heard being forced out of her own home during the 911 call.

    "Are you f------ kidding me? He just pushed me out of my house and locked me out," Scheibe said in the 911 call.

    Deputies said Zimmerman barricaded himself in the house with furniture at the front door.

    While he was barricaded, Zimmerman called 911 too, even though deputies were already outside.

    "I just want everyone to know the truth," Zimmerman said in the call.

    During a news conference Monday, Lemma wouldn't say what sparked the argument at the home, but confirmed no one was injured.

    When deputies arrived, Zimmerman appeared to have barricaded himself in the home after pushing the woman outside, officials said.

    However, officials said Zimmerman removed the barricade and showed no aggression toward deputies during their investigation.

    Authorities obtained a search warrant and recovered a gun case.

    Neighbors of Zimmerman's girlfriend said they had no idea it was Zimmerman who had been visiting the home more frequently.

    "Just when you thought you heard the last of George Zimmerman," said neighbor Catherine Cantrell.

    Cantrell told Channel 9 she thought Zimmerman was a police officer based on the way he carried himself.

    "First time I saw her get out of the car with him, I thought she was dating a cop. I thought he was actually a cop, like an undercover cop. Very quiet, walked in and out," said neighbor Catherine Cantrell.

    Cantrell said the woman who lived in the home was very sweet and quiet. She also said she did not hear the disturbance coming from the home Monday.

    The 30-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer has had several brushes with the law since he was acquitted in July of all charges in the fatal shooting of Martin.

    Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, were involved in a domestic dispute in September shortly after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce.

    Shellie Zimmerman accused her husband of punching her father and threatening them at the father's home on Ridgewood Road.

    Police said no charges were filed against either party because of a lack of evidence.

    Zimmerman was also accused by his wife's mother of stealing property from her Lake Mary home, where he had been staying.

    Police are reviewing the case to determine if it will be a civil or criminal matter.

    Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic stops since his acquittal.

    He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were too darkly tinted.

    He was also stopped near Dallas in July and was given a warning for speeding.

    In 2005, Zimmerman had to take anger management courses after he was accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest Zimmerman's friend.

    Later that year, Zimmerman's former fiancée filed for a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence.

    Zimmerman responded by requesting a restraining order against her. Both requests were granted. No criminal charges were filed.








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