George Zimmerman ‘s girlfriend — who authorities said accused him of pointing a shotgun at her — no longer wants him to be prosecuted, and wants to resume their relationship, according a new motion.
George Zimmerman's girlfriend — who authorities said accused him of pointing a shotgun at her — no longer wants him to be prosecuted, and wants to resume their relationship, according a new motion.
A sworn statement attributed to the girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, was attached to a motion by Zimmerman’s lawyer seeking to modify the conditions of Zimmerman’s bond in his domestic violence case.
In the statement, Scheibe says she felt “intimidated” when police questioned her about the Nov. 18 incident that led to Zimmerman’s arrest. She adds that she “may have misspoken.”
"I want to be with George," Scheibe says in the statement, adding later: "I do not want George Zimmerman charged. I make this decision freely, knowingly and voluntarily," and without coercion, she says.
She says that she and Zimmerman had an “argument,” but Zimmerman “never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner.”
The Scheibe statement also says that she was more intimidated by the law enforcement officers who investigated the case than Zimmerman.
"I was not allowed to call an attorney nor was I allowed to eat or drink anything for a very long time," she says, adding that police "misinterpreted" her Zimmerman’s arrest report.
"Further, I request that the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office not be allowed to harass me because I do not with to take part in any prosecution of this case on behalf of the State," the statement concludes.
Chris White, lead prosecutor in Seminole County, said he learned of Scheibe’s change of heart today.
He said his office would evaluate her affidavit and decide later this week whether to push forward with the case or abandon it.
The motion by Zimmerman’s attorney Jayne Weintraub asks for Zimmerman’s judge to allow contact with Scheibe “anywhere, including her residence.”
Zimmerman, 30, was arrested on aggravated assault and other charges, after Scheibe accused him of pointing the shotgun at her, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
She told deputies he also used the gun to break a glass table, then shoved her out of the house and locked the door. Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail, living — once again — in hiding.
As a condition for bail, Zimmerman was ordered to have no contact whatsoever with Scheibe, and to stay at least 1,500 feet away from her home on Topfield Court nearApopka.
According to a search warrant, Zimmerman talked with deputies after he was taken into custody. He told them that he and Scheibe had lived together since Aug. 23 and that they had agreed to separate earlier during the day he was arrested.
Zimmerman said his plan was to move to Texas, according to the warrant. He told deputies that, as he was packing, Scheibe began to throw his belongings around the house, including two of his guns, the shotgun and one of the handguns.
He denied pointing the gun at Scheibe.
When authorities searched the Apopka home after obtaining a warrant, they found five guns, including a high-tech 12-gauge shotgun, and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Zimmerman is the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted in July of second-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford.