Authorities found more than 100 rounds of ammunition and several firearms while searching the home of George Zimmerman’s girlfriend, while Zimmerman himself identified himself as homeless to police.
CNN reported on Monday that a search of Samantha Scheibe’s residence by police revealed that Zimmerman possessed a rifle, three handguns, 106 rounds of ammunition — including two magazines for an AR-15 assault rifle — a pocket knife and a 12-gauge shotgun, among other items.
The search followed a judge’s order barring Zimmerman from possessing any weapons following his Nov. 18 arrest on aggravated assault and battery charges against Scheibe. Zimmerman pleaded not guilty and is free on bail. Zimmerman has also been barred from being in contact with Scheibe or from leaving Central Florida. He is expected back in court on Jan. 7.
According to WKMG-TV, Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder charges in July in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, told authorities he was homeless and unemployed, and did not provide an emergency contact. He listed attorney Mark O’Mara, who represented him in the Martin case, as his address.
A public defender representing Zimmerman in the current case against him filed a motion on Monday seeking to have his mobile phone and knife returned to him, arguing that, “These items collected were not related to the charges in any way and are not considered evidence in this matter.”
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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