ORLANDO — George Zimmerman will not face charges in a domestic dispute that led to his arrest last month, Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Phil Archer announced Wednesday, citing a lack of cooperation from Zimmerman’s girlfriend.
Zimmerman’s girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, signed an affidavit last week recanting the domestic violence allegations that led to Zimmerman’s arrest Nov. 18 at the home they shared in the Apopka area.
“I do not want George Zimmerman charged. I make this decision freely, knowingly and voluntarily, without any intimidation, coercion or undue influences,” Scheibe said in her affidavit. She got her wish Wednesday.
In a statement, Archer said the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office had probable cause to arrest Zimmerman after Scheibe called 911, frantic, and reported Zimmerman was in the midst of an armed tantrum.
“However, upon reviewing the recent affidavit... 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 her call to police, Scheibe reported Zimmerman was in my house breaking all my stuff because I asked him to leave. He has his ... gun breaking all of my stuff right now.”
Deputies said she also claimed Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her. That led to his arrest on a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm, but before prosecutors could file formal charges, Scheibe’s affidavit changed the equation.
“George never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner,” said Scheibe’s affidavit, which was signed Friday and accompanied a motion by his defense to allow Zimmerman and his girlfriend to see each other.
In its statement Wednesday, Archer’s office stressed domestic violence is a matter “of great concern,” but said, in light of the affidavit, it could not meet its burden against Zimmerman beyond a reasonable doubt.