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George Zimmerman released from jail; will be monitored by GPS, cannot possess guns

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APOPKA, Fla. -- George Zimmerman was released from jail in Seminole County on $9,000 bond after a judge found probable cause on all three charges he's facing.

Zimmerman will be monitored by GPS and will not be allowed to possess guns or ammunition, Judge Fred Schott said. He will also not be allowed to contact his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, who reported the incident Monday.

Read the arrest affidavit

According to the prosecution, Zimmerman's girlfriend is now accusing him of choking her one week ago in an incident that went unreported.

"We feel the victim's safety is of paramount concern," said Assistant State Attorney lymary Munoz.

Seminole County Deputy Chief Public Defender Jeff Dowdy said they were unaware of the choking accusation.

"When we were in that courtroom, that was the first we'd heard of it," said Dowdy.

Zimmerman cannot go back to his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe's house to get his belongings -- he had to send a third party instead.

Dowdy said Zimmerman will have places to stay in the area. Dowdy also said Zimmerman told him he is $2.5 million in debt and will declare indigence.

"I thought all of these problems were behind him. Evidently, we are going to start anew," said Dowdy.

His arraignment has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2014.

Zimmerman was arrested after his girlfriend told police he pointed a shotgun in her face and pushed her out of her home, then barricaded the door with furniture.

He is charged with felony aggravated assault and battery, domestic violence and criminal mischief.

On Monday night, investigators removed evidence, including a large black case, from Scheibe's home.

Zimmerman blamed the damage inside the home on his girlfriend, who he said is pregnant with his child. He said they began fighting after she told him to leave and that she wanted to raise the child on her own.

"My girlfriend, for lack of a better word, has gone crazy on me," he told a 911 dispatcher. "She's pregnant with our child and she told me it would be better if we co-parented and she raised the child on her own, that's fine. I said 'Are you sure this is what you want to do?' She said 'Yes.' As soon as I started packing up my stuff to leave, she just completely changed."

No one was hurt in the incident.

The couple has been living in the home since August.

If convicted of all charges, Zimmerman could spend seven years in prison.

Dowdy ran unsuccessfully for judge last year. Before that, he represented Deltona convicted mass murderer Troy Victorino, who is now on death row.

Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin in July.

He was involved in a domestic dispute involving his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, and her father in September



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