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Zimmerman arrested on assault charge

Published:Sunday | January 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM


George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defence laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault in Lake Mary, about 10 p.m. last Friday.

During a court appearance yesterday morning, Zimmerman's bond was set at US$5,000, and he was ordered to avoid contact with the woman, who was not identified.

Judge John Galluzzo gave few details of the incident, but said a wine bottle was involved and that the alleged assault happened at Zimmerman's home. Prosecutors questioned whether substance-abuse treatment was needed, but the judge said that didn't seem to be a factor.

Zimmerman was also told by the judge to stay out of Volusia County, where the woman lives.

Although the incident didn't involve a firearm, the judge ordered Zimmerman to surrender any weapons out of an abundance of caution.