George Zimmerman won't be charged in domestic dispute with girlfriend

The Florida state attorney's office has dropped the case against George Zimmerman after Zimmerman's girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, said she didn't want him to be charged.
Posted By Kate Stanton  |  Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Samantha Scheibe, George Zimmerman's 27-year-old girlfriend, said in an affidavit last week that police had "misinterpreted" her remarks at the time of his arrest, after a 911 in which Scheibe said Zimmerman had threatened her with a gun and choked her.

"I want to be with George," she wrote. In response, State Attorney Phil Archer said Wednesday that while the circumstances of the incident merited an arrest, his office would not press charges.

“However, upon reviewing the recent affidavit of the Ms. Scheibe and taking into account the conflicting statements about what occurred, the failure to cooperate with the ongoing investigation, and a lack of any other corroborating evidence or witnesses, there is no reasonable likelihood of successful prosecution,” Archer said in a news release.

"The state has a burden in every criminal case of being able to prove all the elements of a crime beyond and to the exclusion of a reasonable doubt before filing charges. The facts and evidence of this case do not meet that burden."

Archer added that domestic violence is "of great concern" to the police and encouraged anyone in such a situation to seek help or counseling.

Zimmerman's attorney Jayne Weintraub praised the decision.

"They discussed with me their concerns, I discussed with them our view... that they would not be able to have a sustainable case," she said.

Police arrested Zimmerman at Sheibe's home last month, just four months after a jury controversially acquitted him in the death of Trayvon Martin.

[Orlando Sentinel, CNN]

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