The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that George Zimmerman was arrested just over an hour ago on domestic violence charges involving his new girlfriend. The Sheriff’s Office, in a short news release, reported that the agency had arrested Zimmerman after being called to a disturbance on Topfield Court in western Seminole County. Zimmerman’s new girlfriend, a 27-year-old blonde, lives in the 1300 block of Topfield Court. Zimmerman is now in the Seminole County Jail.
Thanks to Steve for the heads up. I’ll post more if anything else important happened.
UPDATE: TMZ is reporting that the girlfriend is pregnant which makes the domestic violence charge an automatic felony. He is not eligible for bail.
UPDATE2: CNN is reporting Zimmerman is charged with a felony and two misdemeanors after pushing his pregnant girlfriend out of the house and pointing a shotgun at her. Apparently they were arguing inside the house and he broke a table and pointed a shotgun at her.
Bail for George Zimmerman, charged with felony aggravated assault and two misdemeanors on allegations that he pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend in Florida, was set Tuesday afternoon at $9,000 during Zimmerman’s first court appearance.
A Seminole County judge put conditions on Zimmerman’s bail: That he cannot return to two Florida addresses, except once to retrieve his belongings with law enforcement; he cannot have contact with the accuser; he cannot possess weapons; he must wear a monitoring device; and he cannot travel outside Florida.
UPDATE4 from TMZ
Normally, a defendant is required to purchase his own monitoring device — which can be pretty expensive — but Zimmerman’s lawyer said he’s too poor … so the judge waived the cost.
During the hearing, the prosecutor also recounted an additional domestic violence incident that allegedly occurred last week, during which Zimmerman allegedly choked his GF and then threatened to commit suicide. The incident was not reported to police.