In that story I asked, “Has George Zimmerman been so scarred by the Trayvon Martin incident that he will be forever marked in society and so psychologically damaged as a person that he may never find his center or any version of normality? Is this the course of his life from here on; living under the microscope of the media?”
The reason for my 9/11 story was his soon to be ex-wife had called 911 over a domestic incident. At that point he was accused of pulling a gun on both her and his father in law.
As of Monday this week, Zimmerman’s graced the news again, and why? He allegedly found his gun yet again and allegedly pointed it at his girlfriend after allegedly choking her. That’s a lot of “allegedlies,” but this is George Zimmerman we’re talking about.
So what’s the real news story here?
Zimmerman has a girlfriend!
Or had a girlfriend.
At some point the Zimmerman saga is going to become the story of OJ Simpson and his love life, pre-prison, of course. I assume it’s very different now, but I digress. We’re talking about George Zimmerman; what’s the level of expectation these girls have going into a relationship with him anyway?
This is not the guy you take home to Mom – innocent or guilty – he’s got some Louis Vuitton steamer trunk sized baggage.
The story starts as most Zimmerman stories do, with no shortage of ambiguous facts. Samantha Scheibe, his girlfriend, told deputies it all started with an argument when she asked Zimmerman to leave her house and he began packing his belongings, including a shotgun and an assault rifle. Scheibe decided to lend a hand, putting his things in her living room and outside. Her “help” – in her version of the story – irritated Zimmerman and we all know you don’t want to do that.
At this point, according to the police report, he took his trusty shotgun out of its case.
This story suffers the same problems all the other Zimmerman incidents do, but she decided to stand her ground (see what I did there?) and call 911.
Point; Zimmerman’s girlfriend said she was “in fear for her life” because he mentioned suicide and said he “had nothing to lose.”
Counterpoint; Zimmerman’s public defenders said he didn’t appear to be suicidal. “He doesn’t appear to be a danger to himself or a danger to anybody else,” public defender Daniel Megaro said.
Point; Scheibe called 911 and accused Zimmerman of pointing a gun at her, smashing a coffee table and then pushing her outside.
Counterpoint; Zimmerman called 911 as well, denying pointing a gun at her and blaming her for the broken table.
Point; Scheibe is heard telling Zimmerman on a 911 call “Get out of my house.” Scheibe told deputies he pushed her out of the house when she got close to the door.
Counterpoint; Zimmerman asked his girlfriend to leave while he finished packing but he smashed a pair of her sunglasses as she walked toward the front door.
See the trend here?
These stories always have “zimmerlarities.”
In the end, the cops believed her and Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, third-degree felony, battery and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. Judge Fredric Schott said “Zimmerman’s previous brushes with the law weren’t a factor in the conditions he was imposing.”
The Judge then went on to set Zimmerman’s bond at $9,000, ordering him to stay away from Scheibe’s house, get rid of his guns, wear an ankle bracelet and stay in Florida.
All Floridians expressed a collective sigh of relief; I’m just positive they all want to make sure Zimmerman stays in the Sun Shine State. Since Anita Bryant went to her great reward, what’s Florida without George?
Back to my question of September 11th — is this guy a certifiable wing nut or is he clearly so scarred by the events of the past he simply doesn’t stand a chance?
“I would think it would be difficult for George Zimmerman to get a job in central Florida,” said public defender Jeff Dowdy. “I’m not so sure he can stay out of the legal system long enough to maintain a job, regardless of where it is.”
Defense attorneys said after the hearing that they expect Zimmerman to be out of jail on Wednesday, and they’re confident he’ll eventually be acquitted.
An odd side comment to the news conference; Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said Scheibe wasn’t pregnant. I don’t know why that was a topic, but we can all rest assured that Zimmerman’s not yet reproduced and there won’t be any little Zimmermans running around Florida come August.
In his closing remarks, Lemma added that Zimmerman was compliant and unarmed when deputies came to the house.
Isn’t that always the case with this guy? He’s just Mr. Compliant.