Man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin arrested for aggravated assault
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary, Florida on Friday night and is currently being held at a local correctional facility. He is slated to make a court appearance at 9 am local time on Saturday.
No further details were forthcoming on the arrest.
In November 2013, Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, domestic violence battery and criminal mischief following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Two months prior, Zimmerman was detained after his estranged wife called the police, claiming he had threatened her and her father with a gun and punched her father in the face. In both cases, the alleged victims declined to press charges.
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In 2005, Zimmerman's ex-fiancée had also filed a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence, prompting him to file a reciprocal restraining order. The judge who presided over Zimmerman’s initial bond hearing called the 2005 incident “run of the mill.”
And in September 2014, police said Zimmerman threatened to kill a driver during a road rage incident in Lake Mary, and later showed up at the man’s workplace.
The man claimed Zimmerman, who was carrying a gun, asked: "Do you know who I am?" before threatening, "I'll (f***ing) kill you," Orlando's Channel 6 reported. The unidentified driver also opted not to press charges.
On July 13, 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter after shooting Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black teenager, dead in the streets of Sanford, Florida.
Zimmerman, who was involved in a physical altercation with Martin at the time of the shooting, claimed he had acted in self-defense. The prosecution argued that Zimmerman had racially profiled the unarmed teen and instigated the fight that led to the shooting.
The incident sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, which are connected to the ongoing black lives matter protests across the United States.