Assault Charges against George Zimmerman dropped after his Ex-girlfriend Recanted
On Friday, the Florida State Attorney's Office said that an aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman has been dropped. The assault case was opened when Zimmerman's ex-girlfriend claimed that he threw a bottle at her, but as his girlfriend recanted her story and stopped communicating with investigators, charges have been dropped now.
Zimmerman's girlfriend earlier this month said that he had thrown a wine bottle at her. Zimmerman was arrested on January 9. After that, State Attorney's Office checked reports and statement and decided that no charge will be filed against Zimmerman.
Phil Archer, State Attorney, said, "The subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement along with new documents provided by the victim and her attorney precludes my office from proceeding further".
According to police, Zimmerman had thrown a bottle of wine at his ex-girlfriend and assaulted her at his home in Lake Mary, Florida. His lawyer claimed that Zimmerman did not have good time with ladies. Zimmerman was previously acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was released on bail and was asked to appear in the court in February. According to prosecutors, as the victim refused to attend the first scheduled meeting after the incident and did not co-operate with investigators, Zimmerman won't be prosecuted on aggravated assault charges. The victim had also said that she didn't want to proceed with the case. According to investigators, the victim was fearful of Zimmerman.
Earlier, Zimmerman said that he didn't throw wine bottle on the girl, but destroyed her phone. Don West, attorney of Zimmerman, said that the case is complicated. He also said that it was disappointing to see that Zimmerman was arrested in the first place given the doubts surrounding the case.
According to reports, last year, a driver said that Zimmerman had threatened to kill him during a road confrontation.
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