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Officials reconsider George Zimmerman case

Zimmerman was arrested last month.
Zimmerman was arrested last month.Joe Burbank

ORLANDO — Prosecutors are considering whether to move forward with domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman even though his girlfriend is asking them not to do so.

Without a witness willing to testify, prosecutors can still use law enforcement reports, 911 calls, and other witnesses to build a case. But such cases are more difficult to prove, a state attorney's office spokeswoman said.

Zimmerman filed an affidavit from his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, saying she does not want him charged with aggravated assault, battery, and criminal mischief. The affidavit was filed with a motion Monday asking a judge to change the terms of his bond so he can have contact with Scheibe.


Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime last summer in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a case that sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense laws. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, was accused of racially profiling the black teen, but said he shot Martin to protect himself.

Zimmerman was arrested last month after Scheibe accused him in a 911 call of pointing a gun at her, smashing a coffee table, and pushing her outside. Zimmerman also called dispatchers, denied pointing a gun at her, and blamed her for the broken table.

In the signed affidavit, Scheibe — referring to Zimmerman as ''my boyfriend'' — said that detectives misinterpreted what she said and that she had not been coerced into signing the document.

Associated Press