Friday 24 November 2017

No charges after Zimmerman 'threat'

Police cars at the scene of a domestic incident in Florida where George Zimmerman and his wife had lived during his murder trial (AP/John Raoux)
Police cars at the scene of a domestic incident in Florida where George Zimmerman and his wife had lived during his murder trial (AP/John Raoux)

The estranged wife of a former neighbourhood watch volunteer cleared over the fatal shooting of a black teenager does not want to press charges against him despite claiming that he threatened her and her father, police in Florida said.

Monday's disturbance at a property in a suburb of Orlando is the latest in a string of incidents which has seen George Zimmerman make headlines since his acquittal in July of all charges over the gun death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

In a phone call to the emergency services, Shellie Zimmerman is heard sobbing and repeating "Oh my God" as she talks to a police dispatcher. She shouts at her father to get inside the house, saying Mr Zimmerman might start shooting at them.

But as police pressed her for information, and after talking to her lawyer, she declined to press charges.

Mr Zimmerman's lawyer said his client did not threaten anyone with a gun.

Press Association

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