Monday, November 18, 2013

George Zimmerman arrested after authorities respond to domestic disturbance

George Zimmerman, he of the Trayvon Martin killing, has been arrested again. While it is not completely clear what what crime he has been accused of committing, just before 1:30 p.m. ET on Monday (via the Orlando Sentinel), Sheriff Don Eslinger confirmed that Zimmerman had been arrested and was being driven to the county jail in Sanford, Fla.

Authorities did tell the AP that Zimmerman was arrested after deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house on Topfield Court in western Seminole County near Apopka . WESH-Channel 2 reported that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend.

Adding two and two together, his girlfriend, 27-year-old Samantha Scheibe, lives in the 1300 block of Topfield Court, according to an unrelated Lake Mary police report. Increasing the gravity of the situation, law enforcement reportedly said the Zimmerman's new girlfriend is pregnant.

Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, filed for divorce in August.

Zimmerman will be stuck in jail until at least tomorrow, assuming this is indeed a domestic violence case. In Seminole Country, all domestic violence suspects are held without bail until they make an initial appearance before a judge, who must decide whether there is enough evidence in the case and whether or not the suspect should be granted bail.

Zimmerman is expected to appear before Seminole County Judge Fred Schott tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Sanford, Fla.

Zimmerman gained fame after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, in the gated community of Sanford, near Orlando, in February of 2012. While civil rights activists claimed that Zimmerman racially profiled Martin, who was African-American, he was acquitted of murder in July.

Authorities are still reviewing the original case to determine whether Martin's civil rights were violated.

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