During a court appearance Saturday, a judge set $5,000 bond for George Zimmerman. He was arrested Friday night for aggravated assault — domestic violence with a weapon. (PHOTO/Seminole County jail)
SANFORD — http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2015/1/10/george_zimmerman.html George Zimmerman is once again a free man after posting $5,000 bond.
Zimmerman, 31, was booked around 9:45 p.m. Friday for aggravated assault with a weapon, a third-degree felony. Deputies said he allegedly threw a wine bottle at his girlfriend days earlier at his parents’ Lake Mary home.
During a court appearance Saturday morning, Zimmerman was joined by his attorney, Don West, who was part of the legal team that represented Zimmerman in 2013 during his murder trial for shooting Trayvon Martin.
West confirmed his client was with his girlfriend when he threw the bottle toward her. No one was injured in the incident, West said.
“It’s clear he hasn’t been very lucky with the ladies,” West said Saturday.
A Seminole County judge told Zimmerman he was prohibited from contacting his girlfriend or entering Volusia County, where she lives.
“Well, certainly, he’s relieved that he’s been granted bail, he’s anxious to be released,” West said. “And he and I have a lot of work to do at this point.”
He must surrender all firearms by Tuesday, but he won’t have to wear a GPS monitoring device.
“I certainly wish I wasn’t here this morning, as I’m sure he does, too,” West said. “It’s been a devastating experience that he’s been through. Again, I’m not a psychologist. I don’t know how it’s manifesting itself. I’m concerned, obviously, as we are here again this morning.”
West said counseling is certainly something he thinks would help Zimmerman.
Zimmerman is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in front of Judge Donna McIntosh.
This was Zimmerman’s third arrest in recent years.
In November 2013, deputies were called out to an Apopka home after they said he cocked and pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Schiebe, and then barricaded himself inside. The incident came after Schiebe said she ordered him to move out.
He surrendered peacefully a few minutes later and was charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.
Two months earlier, Zimmerman was involved in a dispute with his estranged wife, Shellie, days after she filed for divorce.
Zimmerman was acquitted in July 2013 for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.