Police: Zimmerman’s Wife, Father-In-Law Won’t Press Charges After He Allegedly Threatened Them With Gun
LAKE MARY, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — CBS News reports that George Zimmerman was briefly taken into custody after his estranged wife called police to her father’s house, saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder threatened her with a gun.
Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell says Shellie Zimmerman and her father won’t press charges after consulting with her attorney. Bracknell told CBS News that George Zimmerman was in “investigative detention.”
Lake Mary Police spokesman Zach Hudson says the estranged husband and wife are blaming each other for starting the fight Monday afternoon.
Shellie Zimmerman says on a 911 call that her estranged husband punched her father in the nose, grabbed an iPad out of her hand and smashed it and threatened them both with a gun.
She also says on the call that he had his hand on his gun while he was in his car.
This comes days after she filed for divorce from George Zimmerman.
The couple, who have been married since November 2007, separated a month after Zimmerman was acquitted in July of any crime for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. The Zimmermans aren’t living together as husband and wife, said the petition, which suggested Shellie may seek legal fees from her husband for the divorce.
“The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken,” the petition said.
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Friday, Shellie Zimmerman said her husband left her with “a bunch of pieces of broken glass” after the acquittal.
She said he only stayed in their house three or four nights since the trial ended and that they even tried counseling. But she moved out Aug. 13.
“I have a selfish husband and I think George is all about George,” she said.
Last week, Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying about the couple’s finances during a bail hearing following her husband’s arrest after Martin’s shooting in Sanford, Fla.
George Zimmerman, 29, said he acted in self-defense when he killed Martin and the polarizing case opened up national discussions on self-defense laws and race. Martin was black. Zimmerman has a white father and Hispanic mother.
Shellie Zimmerman was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service. Her husband did not attend the sentencing hearing in the Sanford courtroom.
In response, Zimmerman’s brother Robert took to Twitter: “We’ve learned from GZ case not to ‘jump to conclusions’, to wait for facts, & to avoid speculation. ‘News’ is a business – not your friend.”
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