George Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Requests Charges Be Dropped
George Zimmerman’s girlfriend wants charges against him dropped and “wants to be with him,” according to a court document released on Monday, in which she requests a judge to lift an order that currently prevents them from seeing each other.
“I do not want George Zimmerman charged,” said Samantha Scheibe who, less than a month ago, said Zimmerman pointed a gun at her after an argument, according to a police report. She now accounts that Zimmerman “never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner,” and her words were misconstrued by the police.
“I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police,” she said. “When I was being questioned by police, I felt very intimidated. I was not allowed to call an attorney nor was I allowed to eat or drink anything for a very long time.”
In her statement, Scheibe also added her decision to drop the charges was made “freely, knowingly and voluntarily, without any intimidation or undue influence,” and that she is “not afraid of George in any manner.” The court order states that the two wish to “talk and be together.”
Jayne Weintraub, Zimmerman’s attorney, said Scheibe approached her through a lawyer, adding that she hopes the State Attorney’s Office sees that as a good sign, “takes pause, takes a step back, exercises its discretion and declines prosecution.”
Zimmerman’s arrest in November has been the latest in a row of legal troubles for the former neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 and was subsequently acquitted of murder last summer. He pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault, domestic violence, battery and criminal mischief relating his most recent incident.
Some believe prosecutors shouldn’t drop the charges and that the couple shouldn’t be allowed to talk. “The reason a no-contact order is not under a victim’s control is because it’s a decision of the court to protect the integrity of the prosecution,” said former US prosecutor Wendy Murphy. “This is the government’s case. It’s not her case.”