The latest conflict in George Zimmerman's life could come down -- like so many others -- to what is heard on a 911 emergency recording.
Zimmerman, 30, is scheduled to appear before a judge on Tuesday facing charges including aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, during a dispute on Monday. The judge will decide whether Zimmerman, who was taken into custody Monday afternoon and spent the night in a 64-square-foot cell, will be allowed bail.
Zimmerman is no stranger to the jail in Seminole County, having spent time there after he was charged with killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., in 2012. Zimmerman also was sent to jail when his bail was revoked after questions arose about whether he had hidden assets when his initial bail was computed.
Eventually Zimmerman was freed on bail, but his movements were limited until a six-person jury acquitted him of murder charges in July in the shooting of Martin. During the trial, 911 tapes played an important role in establishing the chain of events that the jury considered.
In the current case, Scheibe, 27, called Seminole County authorities from her Apopka, Fla. home about 12:30 p.m. and complained that Zimmerman started an argument when she told him to leave, according to the arrest report from the sheriff’s office. Zimmerman began packing his belongings, including a shotgun and an assault rifle. She said she began putting his things in the living room and outside the house, and he became upset.
At that point, the report says, he took the shotgun out of its case.
“You point your gun at my freaking face,” Scheibe is heard telling Zimmerman on the 911 call, also released by officials on Monday. “Get out of my house. Do not push me out of my house. Please get out of my house.”
There is a pause and she continues, saying to the dispatcher. “He pushed me out of my house and locked me out. … He knows how to do this. He knows how to play this game.”
Zimmerman, officials said, then barricaded himself inside the house. He called 911 to tell his side of the story.
“I have a girlfriend, who for lack of a better word, has gone crazy on me,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman denies pulling a weapon on his girlfriend and said it was she who smashed a table at the home they shared. He also told the dispatcher that Scheibe was pregnant with their child and that she had decided she would raise the child on her own. When Zimmerman started to leave, “she got mad,” he said.
At a Monday evening news conference, Seminole County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma told reporters that Scheibe wasn't pregnant.
Deputies eventually used a key to enter and push the furniture aside, Lemma said. Zimmerman put up no resistance when he was taken into custody.
Monday’s dispute was Zimmerman's second domestic dispute involving police since he became a national name. In September, Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers. She was living in Lake Mary, Fla., and described to police how Zimmerman allegedly assaulted her father and threatened her and her father with a gun.
Zimmerman “is in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying step closer and he is just threatening all of us,” Shellie Zimmerman told a 911 operator.
“He punched my dad on the nose. My dad has a mark on his face. I saw his glasses were on the floor. He accosted my father and then took my iPad out of my hand and smashed it and cut it with a pocket knife.... I'm really, really afraid.”
Lake Mary police recently said no charges would be filed against George or Shellie Zimmerman because there was not enough evidence.
Zimmerman has also been pulled over at least three times for traffic stops since his acquittal and at least one was caught on video.