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Zimmerman's girlfriend wants charges dropped

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  • George Zimmerman was arrested in November after an alleged domestic violence incident
  • Samantha Scheibe has asked for the charges against him to be dropped
Zimmerman's girlfriend wants charges dropped

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George Zimmerman’s girlfriend wants a judge to drop charges against him stemming from an alleged domestic violence dispute last month.

Court documents say Samantha Scheibe has asked for a no-contact provision of Zimmerman’s bond to be voided so the couple can "talk and be together."

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"I am not afraid of George in any manner and I want to be with him," she says.

Zimmerman is charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief. He was arrested after a heated fight at Scheibe’s residence in Apopka, Florida, November 18. Scheibe told police that during the incident Zimmerman broke a table with a shotgun and then pointed it at her “for a minute,” according to a police report filed after the fight.

But now Scheibe is saying the police got everything wrong, in a signed affidavit she says, he “never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner" and claims police misinterpreted her.

"I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police," she said. "I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened."

Zimmerman's attorney, Jayne Weintraub, told HLN Monday that the case against his client should not be prosecuted in light of Scheibe’s new court filing.

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Weintraub also says in the filing that prosecutors should drop the case against Zimmerman.

"All I can tell you is that from what I see, I would hope that the State Attorney's Office takes pause, takes a step back, exercises its discretion and declines prosecution," she said.

Lynne Bumpus Hooper, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office, said prosecutors haven't decided yet whether to file charges in the case.

Hooper also said no hearing has been scheduled on the motion to modify the conditions of pretrial release.

Zimmerman was released on $9,000 bond shortly after the incident.

The November incident is one of several brushes that Zimmerman has had with law enforcement since he was acquitted this year of murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Police in Lake Mary, Florida, decided in November that no charges would result from an alleged domestic dispute in September between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Shellie Zimmerman said in September that she has doubts about his innocence in the Martin case.

Since his acquittal in the Martin case, Zimmerman also has been stopped for speeding twice. He was pulled over the first time in Forney, Texas, in July and told the police officer he had a concealed weapon permit and a gun in his glove compartment. The officer wrote on his incident report that he gave Zimmerman a verbal warning.

Zimmerman was pulled over in early September going 60 mph in a 45-mph zone in Lake Mary and received a $256 ticket. He was not carrying a weapon at the time.

Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the Sanford neighborhood where Zimmerman and Martin's father lived in February 2012. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, had a confrontation with the unarmed African-American teen after calling police to report a suspicious person, and he said he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense.

Zimmerman was acquitted by a six-person jury in July on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

The high-profile case sparked a heated nationwide discussion of race as well as debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law.

His attorney in the murder trial, Mark O'Mara, no longer represents him.

-CNN wires contributed to this report

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