George Zimmerman — the man who fatally shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 in northern Florida — was arrested Friday night on aggravated assault and domestic violence charges.
Zimmerman allegedly threw a bottle of wine at his girlfriend earlier this week, according to a local reporter who reportedly spoke with Zimmerman's attorney.
Zimmerman— Gal Tziperman Lotan (@tzigal) January 10, 2015
Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary — a suburban town near Orlando in the same county where he shot Martin — at 10pm Friday, the website for Seminole County's John E. Polk Correctional Facility shows. The site also included Zimmerman's mugshot.
He appeared in court Saturday morning, reportedly wearing navy blue scrubs and handcuffs. According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman was calm and even laughed and joked with an officer as he signed paperwork.
A local reporter said Zimmerman was charged with "domestic assault with a weapon — NOT a firearm," and that he was given $5,000 bond.
Zimmerman was charged with domestic aggravated assault with a weapon — NOT a firearm. Given $5000 bond, ordered to stay out of Volusia Cnty— Gal Tziperman Lotan (@tzigal) January 10, 2015
Although the incident did not involve a gun, the judge ordered Zimmerman to surrender any firearms he owns by Tuesday. He's also supposed to avoid contact with the alleged victim. He's due back in court February 17.
Zimmerman has had several encounters with the law since he was acquitted of second-degree murder in late 2013 for killing Martin, a case that sparked heated national debates about race and arms.
His girlfriend told police in November, 2013 that he pointed a gun in her face, smashed her coffee table, and kicked her out of her house — but later she declined to pursue the case. His former wife told cops he shattered an iPad during an argument in their home, but he faced no charges for that incident either due to lack of evidence. He has also been pulled over three times for traffic violations.
Zimmerman, 31, was serving as a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, when he stopped the 17-year-old Martin, who was on his way home from buying candy and a beverage at a convenience store. Zimmerman testified that he shot Martin in self defense after the two became involved in a dispute.
Zimmerman — whose family told GQ this fall that they wanted him to star in a reality TV show in the aftermath of the Martin case — recently told local media at a gun show that he was homeless, unemployed, and in deep debt with legal bills.
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