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George Zimmerman won't face charges anytime soon

1:42 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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George Zimmerman won't face charges anytime soon in connection with a dispute he had with his estranged wife and his father-in-law, police in Lake Mary, Fla., said Wednesday.

On Monday, Shellie Zimmerman told a 911 dispatcher that her husband smashed an iPad she was holding, struck her father in the nose and threatened both father and daughter while putting a hand on a gun. After police arrived, she decided not to press charges against her husband, who was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in July. Now, police say they can't get to possible video of the fight that might be on the iPad.

"The iPad is in really bad shape," said officer Zach Hudson, a spokesman for the Lake Mary Police Department. "At this point, we do not have the tools available to effectively look at the video on the iPad."

He added that there was also some "chip damage" to the device and that officials think information from the device could be inaccessible for a long time.

"As it stands right now, there will not be any charges anytime soon without that iPad," Hudson said.

Still, a "lengthy police report" of the confrontation between the couple will be released sometime on Wednesday, he said.

Police said Zimmerman and his wife, who filed for divorce this month, were blaming each other for starting the fight at her father's home.

In an audio recording of Shellie Zimmerman's 911 call, she can be heard sobbing and saying her husband cut the iPad with a pocket knife. "I'm really scared,'' she tells police.

However, authorities say Shellie Zimmerman later dropped her claim that a gun was involved. Officers did not recover a gun from the scene.

In the divorce petition, Shellie Zimmerman says she and her husband separated a month after Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting Martin. The verdict sparked protests across the nation.

Zimmerman has been pulled over at least twice for speeding since his acquittal.

USA TODAY

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