Prosecutors drop domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman
Florida State Attorney Phil Archer announced on Wednesday that former murder suspect George Zimmerman will not face domestic violence charges, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The decision came two days after an affadavit surfaced from Zimmerman’s girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, in which she retracted her earlier accusations that Zimmerman pointed a gun at her face and forced her out of her home.
“Taking into account the conflicting statements about what occurred, the failure to cooperate with the ongoing investigation, and a lack of any other corroborating evidence or witnesses, there is no reasonable likelihood of successful prosecution,” Archer was quoted as saying.
The charges being dropped also means Zimmerman will no longer have to comply with a court order to wear a GPS tracking device and stop contacting Scheibe, who said, “I want to be with George” in her affadavit, and that she felt intimidated by police questioning after a Nov. 18 incident.
“For George, I think he has to try and put this whole sequence of nightmares behind him and go forward,” Zimmerman’s attorney, Jayne Weintraub, told the Sentinel. “He’s young, he’s smart and he’s got his whole life ahead of him.”
However, Think Progress reported on Tuesday that Weintraub was criticized by the National Coalition To Prevent Domestic Violence for a motion to modify Zimmerman’s bail terms to allow him to contact Scheibe. Weintraub also revealed while filing the request that she had communicating with Scheibe, conduct that the coalition’s executive director, Rita Smith, said was “not appropriate.”
Watch a video report from the Sentinel, posted on Wednesday, below.