ORLANDO, FLA. — Police in Lake Mary, Fla., announced Thursday that they could not salvage video from an iPad George Zimmerman tore up during a dispute with his estranged wife and thus he will face no domestic violence charges.
Zimmerman, 30, is the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted in July of murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, whom he shot in Sanford last year. That verdict set off protest marches across the country.
Zimmerman, his estranged wife, Shellie, and her father, David Dean, got into an altercation Sept. 9, at the home the couple formerly shared on Sprucewood Court in Lake Mary.
Shellie Zimmerman and her father were moving out belongings when George Zimmerman showed up with what her attorney described as "a 400-pound" bodyguard and a blonde.
Shellie called 911, reporting that Zimmerman had threatened them with a gun. There was a scuffle in the garage, and Dean wound up with a punch to the nose.
Police found no gun on Zimmerman, and the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer accused his estranged wife of hitting him with her iPad.
The couple was arguing about how to divide up "pots and pans," said Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara.
Police handcuffed Zimmerman for a brief time that afternoon but released him after Shellie and her father said they did not want to prosecute.
Police on Thursday released their final 30-page report on what happened. It says they do not have enough evidence to prosecute Zimmerman on a charge of domestic violence.
Shellie Zimmerman had video-recorded the altercation with her iPad, but George Zimmerman pried it open, tore it apart and threw it on the ground, something captured on a security camera at the house.
Police sent the parts to a computer expert with the U.S. Secret Service in Tulsa, Okla., hoping he'd be able to recover video, but the report released Thursday makes clear that the damage was too extensive.
"The circuit board was broken into two pieces," according to the police report. Also, one chip was missing, and the board with the microprocessor was bent and connections had been detached.
"No further examination is possible at this lab due to the severely damaged components," wrote Jonathan S. Jacobs, the Secret Service agent who examined the iPad.
Shellie Zimmerman's attorney, Kelly Sims, called the outcome "a shame. ... I don't know this science very well. I was hoping smarter people than me could locate it. ... I was hopeful."
Police sent their report to the state attorney's office in Sanford on Wednesday, and that agency at about 2 p.m. advised that there was not enough evidence to prosecute.
Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce Sept. 4, three weeks after the couple separated and about seven weeks after his acquittal.
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