At a press conference Wednesday evening, the attorney for Shellie Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s estranged wife, detailed his client's version of events regarding an altercation that took place between the couple on Monday -- and his views on what caused it.
“He knew he wasn’t supposed to be there,” attorney Kelly Sims said, referring to George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin in July.
Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce from her husband last week, called 911 Monday afternoon from the house they’d shared in Lake Mary, Florida, during the run-in.
“He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun saying ‘step closer' and he’s going to shoot us,” she told the dispatcher. Shellie Zimmerman also told police her husband smashed her iPad during the dispute, that he’d punched her father in the nose and that he had a knife.
Police arrived at the scene and investigated Monday, but at the time both Shellie Zimmerman and her father refused to press charges against her husband.
Shellie Zimmerman did not speak at Wednesday’s conference, but Sims said she’d gone to the Lake Mary home -- which is owned by her father -- on Saturday to get her belongings. However, Sims said she couldn’t get everything at that time, so she sent a text message to George Zimmerman saying she would go by on Monday to get the rest.
According to Sims, George Zimmerman told his wife via text message that he wouldn’t be at the house Monday when she stopped by. Sims said they were coordinating in order to avoid each other -- and a potential argument.
“George said ‘Call me when you are done,’” Sims said at the press conference.
But when she arrived at the home in Lake Mary, Sims said, George Zimmerman was there. Sims said that Shellie Zimmerman then called him, and he advised her to start videotaping the incident and to tell George Zimmerman loudly that she was recording him.
At Wednesday’s conference, Sims went on to read through a list of e-mails and text messages between Shellie and George Zimmerman, which allegedly show them coordinating Shellie Zimmerman’s visits to their home.
Sims also addressed Shellie Zimmerman’s assertion on the 911 call that there was a gun present. He said that she had a valid reason to believe George Zimmerman was armed.
“You know your husband. You know he always carries a gun,” Sims said.
Zach Hudson, spokesman for the Lake Mary, Florida, Police Department said in a different press conference Wednesday that it appears that no gun was involved in the altercation, and that neither Shellie Zimmerman nor her father actually saw a firearm.
Sims said all his client wants is for her marriage “to end with a whimper and not a bang.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Hudson told reporters that Lake Mary police are still investigating Monday’s incident, but it could take months to get crucial video and evidence off of Shellie Zimmerman’s badly damaged iPad.
Mark O’Mara, who represented George Zimmerman during his murder trial and is now a CNN legal analyst, said of the situation, "There was heightened emotion, and a disagreement took place."