• George Zimmermann -- two Ns -- gets threatening phone calls


    DELAND, Fla. - A Volusia County preacher named George Zimmermann said his normally quiet life has been rudely interrupted.

    He said he's been getting so many harassing phone calls, he had to call the Sheriff's Office for help.

    Since George Zimmerman was acquitted earlier in July, a different, 78-year-old George Zimmermann from DeLand said he's been getting calls at all hours of the night.

    "The night of the verdict, I had one at 1 in the morning which woke me up; was pretty nasty. Another at 3 in the morning," said Methodist preacher George Zimmermann.

    He said the worst was when one caller told him to dig a 6-foot hole Saturday.

    "Hey (expletive) you're the one who killed Trayvon Martin, when your (expletive) get out, you're dead. Wherever you go, you're dead. Wherever you're trying to hide, you're dead. Watch your (expletive) move. You think you're free. You're not. You better get ready to dig a 6-foot hole. Cause you know you're fixing to go," the caller said.

    "A couple of friends of mine said, 'Hey, report it. In case anything were to happen at a later date, it's on a record,'" Zimmermann said.

    There are about a dozen Zimmermans in the DeLand-Deltona phone book, but George Zimmermann is the only one who spells his surname with two "Ns."

    "I don't say anything to them except, 'Hey, you've got the wrong guy. The name's spelled differently,'" Zimmermann said.

    He said the callers never apologize.

    "I guess if it made them feel better to vent, that's fine. I can live with it," Zimmermann said.

    Zimmermann said he just hopes all of the calls will end soon.

    One of the calls came from Tampa, another from Orlando. The rest had blocked phone numbers.

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