No domestic violence charges for Zimmerman

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  • George Zimmerman faced several charges after girlfriend told police he broke a table and pointed a gun at her
  • Samantha Scheibe says police misinterpreted her story
  • The Florida State Attorney's Office has decided not to file charges
Domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman have been dropped

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George Zimmerman no longer faces domestic violence charges relating to a dispute he had with his girlfriend last month, Florida State Attorney Phil Archer announced Wednesday.

Zimmerman had been accused of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief. He was arrested after a heated fight at girlfriend Samantha 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.

Scheibe, however, filed court documents earlier this week asking for the no-contact provision of Zimmerman's bond to be voided so the couple could "talk and be together."

In a signed affidavit, Scheibe reversed her story, saying Zimmerman “never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner." She also claimed police misinterpreted her.

Read more: Zimmerman's girlfriend wants charges dropped

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 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman was arrested in September following an alleged domestic dispute between him and his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman. Police in Lake Mary, Florida, decided in November that no charges would result from the incident.

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

Read more: George Zimmerman's timeline of trouble

Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the Sanford, Florida, 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. He later told police he shot Martin 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.

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