George Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Asks Court To Withdraw Domestic Violence Statement

This summer, George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Travyon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed Black teenager. Last month, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend. Yesterday, Zimmerman submitted a signed affadavit from Samantha Scheibe stating she does not want him charged and requesting contact with each other.

Scheibe called 911 outside her Florida home after an argument with Zimmeran during which she asked him to leave. He allegedly pointed a shotgun at her “for a minute,” smashed a table, and then shoved her out her front door and barricaded it with furniture. She can be heard on the call yelling at him while some of this is allegedly happening. (He made a 911 call of his own while she was talking to police, claiming Scheibe was “going crazy on me.”) Scheibe also told police that Zimmerman had choked her during an argument recently, but she had not reported it.  Zimmerman was released on bail under the condition that he not possess any weapons.

On Monday, Zimmerman submitted an affadavit from Scheibe which refers to him as “my boyfriend” and said detectives misinterpreted what she said and she had been coerced into charges. “I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police,” she wrote. “I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened.”

“I am not afraid of George in any manner and I want to be with him,” Scheibe says in the affadavit.  Through the affadavit, Zimmerman asked his judge to rid of their no-contact order.

It’s easy to see how Samantha Scheibe may be scared, second-guessing her choices, and no longer willing to cooperate. She may feel it is safer for her to recant and claim her 911 call and cooperation with police was all a mistake rather than go through with prosecuting him, which makes her a villain in the eyes of people who defend George Zimmerman no matter what he does. But even if Scheibe does not cooperate, a spokesperson for the Florida State Attorney’s Office said Zimmerman could still be prosecuted for domestic violence because the matter is now in the state’s hands. After all, there is physical evidence, defendant statements, medical records, and other evidence to consider. It’s a very difficult situation and I hope no matter what happens, Scheibe remains safe.

[Christian Science Monitor]


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