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George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen in 2013, was arrested Friday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said.
George Zimmerman was arrested January 9, 2015 in Sanford, Fla., for aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon. (Credit: Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)
The 31-year-old former Neighborhood Watch volunteer was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend while she was at his home earlier this week in Lake Mary, Fla., his lawyer, Don West, told the Orlando Sentinel.
Police found out about the incident when they pulled the woman over for a routine traffic stop, Lake Mary Police spokeswoman Officer Bianca Gillett told the Sentinel.
Zimmerman is being held at the James E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Fla. He is due back in court on Feb. 17.
Since his acquittal of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for the Feb. 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman has had several run-ins with the law, including a previous arrest on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.
He has also been pulled over on three separate occasions for traffic violations.
While at a Central Florida gun show in September, Zimmerman said he was homeless, jobless and in debt from legal bills, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Andrew Mach is a former Digital Editor for PBS NewsHour in New York City, where he manages the online editorial direction of the national broadcast's weekend edition. Formerly, Mach was a news editor and staff writer for NBC News. He's also written for the Christian Science Monitor in Boston and had stints at ABC News, the Washington Post and German network ZDF in Berlin, in addition to reporting for an investigative journalism project in Phoenix. Mach was a recipient of the 2016 Kiplinger Fellowship, the 2015 RIAS German/American Exchange fellowship by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation and the 2012 Berlin Capital Program Fulbright. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a native of Aberdeen, South Dakota.
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