George Zimmerman won't be charged in alleged domestic violence incident

The decision to drop the case "demonstrates how great our system is," says Zimmerman's lawyer

Published December 12, 2013 5:09PM (EST)

George Zimmerman                  (Reuters/Joe Burbank)
George Zimmerman (Reuters/Joe Burbank)

Florida prosecutors will not charge George Zimmerman following an alleged domestic violence incident in November, State Attorney Phil Archer announced late Wednesday.

As CNN notes, the decision to drop the case comes days after Zimmerman's girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, said she did not want him to be charged and that she wanted to "be with him" again.

Zimmerman's lawyer is, naturally, delighted by the news that her client, a man with a history of domestic violence complaints and a willingness to use deadly force, will not be charged with a crime.

"On behalf of George Zimmerman, I am pleased that I was able to present credible evidence to reasonable prosecutors who took the time to listen and that justice prevailed," attorney Jayne Weintraub said in a written statement. "This demonstrates how great our system is."

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In the court document filed this week, Scheibe accuses authorities of pressuring her.

"When I was being questioned by police, I felt very intimidated," she said. "I was not allowed to call an attorney nor was I allowed to eat or drink anything for a very long time."

Heather Smith, a spokeswoman for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, denied that claim.

"As you know, we provided media with the 911 call from Ms. Scheibe, which occurred prior to deputies responding," she said. "Apparently, Ms. Scheibe may have misspoken about the facts of her interview as she had access to her phone and was provided with food."

By Katie McDonough

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