George Zimmerman, acquitted in July for the murder of Trayvon Martin, was briefly detained by Fla. police on Monday in a domestic abuse involving Zimmerman’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Shellie, and her father. Now, The Associated Press is reporting Sept. 11 that Lake Mary police are attempting to review video captured on Shellie’s broken iPad.
Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, made a terrified call to 911 Monday after going to her home with her father to pick up some of her things.
The 29-year-old Zimmerman was at the home, and reportedly became irate, punching Shellie’s father Colin Morgan in the face, smashing her iPod and “waving his gun around.” Police later determined that Zimmerman did not have a weapon on him.
“He punched my dad in the nose; my dad has a mark on his face and then he took my iPad out of my hands and smashed it and then cut it with a pocket knife,” Shellie said to the 911 dispatcher Monday. “I don't know what he's capable of. I am really, really scared.”
Shellie was forced to retract her initial claim when she called 911, originally saying that George “has his hands on the gun and he keeps saying ‘step closer,’ ‘step closer’ and he’s going to shoot us.” She later told police George was “pretending” to have a weapon.
Shellie did not press charges, leaving police to focus their investigation on the broken iPad as they review the case. Absent any hard evidence, it will be difficult to build a case against Zimmerman, since his estranged spouse declined to press charges, and since she changed her story once already.
“I think it's severely limited if they can't get anything from an eyewitness or video,” said Randy McClean, a former prosecutor who now practices criminal defense in central Florida.
Police are confident they can extract video from the iPad at a crime lab, calling their chances “outstanding.”
“As of right now, we're waiting on the iPad as the last piece of the puzzle,” Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.
Mark O'Mara, who represented George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, said his client did nothing wrong, calling the dispute a typical altercation between two individuals going through a divorce.
“I've come to know them as a family, and it's not a good idea to get in between them,” O'Mara said.
“Anything [George] does is going to be hyper-focused on and scrutinized,” O'Mara pointed out. “Even though I may get away with a little speeding, he can't. It's unfortunate that this is part of the fallout from a case that never should have been prosecuted and he has to deal with this forever, and certainly right now.”
According to a revealing interview given by Shellie Zimmerman to ABC News, in her opinion George was left feeling “invincible” after being acquitted in the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Shellie Zimmerman, who stood up for her husband during the trial, now says she is unsure if she “ever really knew” her husband through their seven years of marriage together. She claims to be the victim of verbal abuse, and says ever since the trial, George “has been making reckless decisions.”