UPDATED: George Zimmerman charged with assault and battery against pregnant girlfriend
Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was arrested following a domestic violence incident on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Authorities confirmed to The Orlando Sentinel that Zimmerman had been taken into custody.
TMZ also confirmed that Zimmerman was involved in the domestic violence incident in Orlando.
WESH-TV’s Bob Kealing reported that Zimmerman had been arrested for domestic violence against his current girlfriend.
After being acquitted for the murder of slain teen Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman faced accusations over the summer when authorities were called to the house of his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, to respond to a domestic dispute.
Shellie Zimmerman accused him of threatening both her and her father’s life, but no charges were filed in that case. Zimmerman has also been pulled over twice for speeding in recent months.
Update, 3:30 p.m. EST: Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Zimmerman’s girlfriend claimed that she was pregnant, making the domestic violence charge an automatic felony. Zimmerman reportedly was not eligible for bail.
Update, 5:14 p.m. EST: ABC News reported that Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief in connection with the incident.
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