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George Zimmerman back in court, accused of pointing gun at girlfriend

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2013 | 3:15 PM

SANFORD, Florida (AP):

George Zimmerman who was acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, faced accusations of pointing a gun at his girlfriend during a dispute and trying to choke her.

The 30-year-old Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, was acquitted earlier this year of all charges in the fatal shooting of Martin after a sensational trial.

He faced new charges of aggravated assault today in court, where a prosecutor said his girlfriend claims he choked her about a week ago but she didn't report it to police at the time.

Both Zimmerman and the woman he was arguing with each called police and provided dueling descriptions to police dispatchers about an argument.

Zimmerman's 27-year-old girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, accused him in a police call of pointing a gun at her, smashing a coffee table and then pushing her outside.

Zimmerman also called dispatchers, flatly denying pointing a gun at her and blaming her for the broken table.

The prosecutor said Scheibe was in fear for her life because Zimmerman mentioned suicide and said he "had nothing to lose."

Zimmerman's public defenders said after the hearing that he didn't appear to be suicidal.

The facts surrounding Zimmerman's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Martin were equally murky, and Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges.


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