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Wednesday 16 April 2014

No abuse charges for Zimmerman

Prosecutors in Miami have said they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman

Prosecutors in Miami have said they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend said in a sworn statement that she did not want to pursue the case.

State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said in a statement today that Samantha Scheibe's decision not to co-operate and the lack of other corroborating evidence made a successful prosecution unlikely.

Zimmerman had faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief following an incident on November 18 at the central Florida house he shared with Ms Scheibe. She initially told police that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her face, then recanted in an affidavit filed this week.

Zimmerman was acquitted last summer over the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin. The case sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defence laws.

AP

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