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Miami Defense Attorney Now Representing Zimmerman

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email
A prominent Miami defense attorney is now representing George Zimmerman in his domestic violence case.

George Zimmerman Mugshot, Seminole County Sheriff`s Office
Arrest Date: 11/18/2013 1:43:00 PM

Associated Press News Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A prominent Miami defense attorney is now representing George Zimmerman in his domestic violence case.

Attorney Jayne Weintraub said Wednesday she is handling Zimmerman's case, replacing a Seminole County public defender. It wasn't immediately clear if Zimmerman is paying her, since he claimed in a court affidavit that he is $2 million in debt and has no income.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief during an argument with his girlfriend, who says he pointed a shotgun at her.

Weintraub is a former state prosecutor who frequently does legal commentary on television.

Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in July in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. That case sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Zimmerman was accused of racially profiling Martin and said he shot the teen to protect himself.


Associated Press News Release
By MIKE SCHNEIDER

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- George Zimmerman is once again a free man after an arrest on criminal charges -- but his freedom carries conditions.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin earlier this year was released from jail Tuesday pending arraignment on the latest charges against him: aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.

Zimmerman was released on the condition that he wear an electronic monitor, keep his distance from guns, and stay away from the girlfriend who accused him of trying to choke her and then a week later pointing a shotgun at her. His bond was set at $9,000.

Zimmerman's arrest is the latest of several brushes he's had with the law following his acquittal for the death of Martin, an unarmed black teen.


CBS News Copy

(CBS) - A judge set a $9,000 bond for George Zimmerman Tuesday, and directed that he have no contact with his alleged victim, not leave the state of Fla., and not possess any firearms or ammunition as he awaits an arraignment on domestic violence charges.

Dressed in a gray jumpsuit, Zimmerman appeared in a Sanford, Fla. courtroom the day after being arrested for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend during an altercation in her Apopka, Fla., home. He is charged with aggravated assault, battery, domestic violence and criminal mischief

He must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet until his arraignment on Jan. 7, 2014.

Prosecutors requested a $50,000 bond, telling Judge Fred Schott that Zimmerman's girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, had told their office she was in fear for her safety, and alleged he had previously choked her during an unreported incident a week ago. The prosecutor said Scheibe told them that she and Zimmerman were in the process of breaking up and that he had threatened to commit suicide.

Zimmerman's attorney argued for a lower bond, saying that his client had roots in Florida and "no prior criminal convictions." He also asked that Zimmerman be allowed to go back to the girlfriend's home to retrieve his belongings, but the judge said no: "This is a volatile situation,. potentially," said Judge Schott.

In July, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Since then, he has had run-ins with law enforcement multiple times, including two speeding violations and an altercation with his ex-wife, Shellie.

On Monday, Scheibe called 911 saying that Zimmerman had broken a glass table in her house, threatened her, and pushed her outside.

"You put your gun in my freaking face," Scheibe is heard telling Zimmerman on the call. "Get out of my house. Do not push me out of my house. Please get out of my house."

Zimmerman also placed a 911 call from the house after police arrived. He told law enforcement he never pulled a gun on Scheibe.

"I have a girlfriend, who for lack of a better word, has gone crazy on me," Zimmerman said during his call.


Associated Press News Release
By MIKE SCHNEIDER

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A prosecutor says George Zimmerman's girlfriend claims he choked her about a week ago but she didn't report it to police at the time.

The prosecutor told a judge about the allegation during a first appearance Tuesday on domestic violence-related charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.

The judge set George Zimmerman's bond at $9,000 and ordered that he not possess guns or ammunition. He was ordered to stay away from the girlfriend's house and wear a monitoring device.

Zimmerman was taken into custody Monday after girlfriend Samantha Scheibe told deputies he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument.

In a 911 call, Zimmerman denied pointing a gun at Scheibe.

The 30-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted earlier this year of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.


Associated Press News Release
By MIKE SCHNEIDER

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- George Zimmerman's arrest following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend is the latest in a series of recent brushes he's had with the law.

The 30-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer who earlier this year was acquitted of any charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin will appear in court Tuesday to face new charges of aggravated assault.

Zimmerman was taken into custody Monday after girlfriend Samantha Scheibe told deputies he pointed a shotgun at her, smashed a glass table and pushed her out of the house they shared.

In a 911 call, Zimmerman denied pointing a gun at Scheibe, and claimed it was she who smashed the table.

A judge will decide whether to grant bond for Zimmerman, who was held in jail overnight.


Associated Press News Release

APOPKA, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say George Zimmerman has been arrested in Florida.

A Seminole County Sheriff's Office statement says Zimmerman was arrested Monday afternoon after deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house in Apopka, about 15 miles northwest of Orlando.áZimmerman will be transported and booked into jail.

The statement provided few other details, and it was not immediately known what charges he faced.

Monday's arrest was just the latest legal trouble for the former neighborhood watch volunteer, who was acquitted earlier this year of all charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute in September. Police said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence.

That dispute took place just days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers


CBS News Copy

George Zimmerman was arrested Monday in Seminole County in connection with a disturbance at a home in Apopka.

Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch leader who was acquitted this summer in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was being booked into the Seminole County Jail, according to the sheriff's office.

Seminole County Sheriff's deputies were called to the home around 1 p.m. for the disturbance. No other details were immediately released.


CNN News Affiliate

At approximately 1 p.m. today, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrested George Zimmerman after deputies responded to a disturbance call on Topfield Court in Apopka," the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "Zimmerman will be transported and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

The Sheriff's Office said additional details, including an arrest report and 911 call, will be released as soon available.


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