Following Saturday’s release of George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, his attorney described the oft-arrested Zimmerman as not being “lucky with the ladies,” reports NBC News.
Zimmerman was arrested Friday night on charges of domestic violence with a weapon and aggravated assault after allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend at his Lake Mary home.
Released on Saturday after posting a $5,000 bond, Zimmerman was ordered to surrender all of the firearms he owns, told to have no contact with the alleged victim, and banned from entering Volusia County where she lives.
Speaking to the press, Zimmerman attorney Don West, said he didn’t want to “speculate” about the circumstances that led up to the alleged assault before adding that Zimmerman “has not been lucky with the ladies.”
West’s allusion to the ladies is in reference to his well-publicized altercations with both his estranged wife and later a girlfriend — both ending with police being called — following his acquittal in 2013.
In September of 2013, Zimmerman was arrested after punching his father-in-law in the face and allegedly pulling a gun on his then-wife, Shellie.
Four days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce, she called 911 and told the dispatcher that Zimmerman had punched her father, Colin Morgan, in the nose before smashing her iPad and threatening both of them with a gun. Hours after police arrived, Shellie Zimmerman changed her story and told police she hadn’t seen a gun. Without any corroborating evidence, she and her father eventually chose to not press charges and the case was dropped.
Two months later, police were again called after Zimmerman allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend and pushed her out of her own home as he was packing, intending to move out.
According to police, Zimmerman girlfriend Samantha Scheibe called 911 saying he had pushed her out of the house and then barricaded himself in.
On the 911 call, Scheibe was heard screaming “You put your gun in my freakin’ face. Get out of my house. Do not push me out of my house. Please get out of my house!” before telling the dispatcher, “He’s in my house, breaking all my shit because I asked him to leave. He’s got a freaking gun, breaking all my stuff right now.”
Responding to the call, police entered the home –after pushing aside furniture that had been placed in front of the door — and took Zimmerman into custody. According to the police report he was unarmed at the time, however officers recovered several handguns, a shotgun, and an assault-style rifle from the home. Zimmerman was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a weapon and two misdemeanors.
Sheibe later retracted her accusations against Zimmerman and asked that charges be dropped, saying in an affidavit, “When I was being questioned by police I felt very intimidated. I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to police.”
She added that Zimmerman “never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner”before saying “I want to be with George.”
Zimmerman is expected back in court on Feb. 17 to face his latest charges.