LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Video of a domestic dispute between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife may be crucial evidence in determining whether any charges are filed, police said Tuesday.
The iPad captured video of Monday’s dispute between George and Shellie Zimmerman, but he smashed the mobile device into pieces and it needs to be examined in a crime lab, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.
“The iPad video is going to be paramount in this case,” Hudson said.
Shellie Zimmerman, 26, called 911 on Monday, saying her estranged husband was threatening her and her father with a gun. She also said he punched her father in the nose. She later changed her story and decided against pressing charges.
No gun was ever found, and police officers said the former couple blamed each other for being the aggressor.
When asked who could possibly be charged, Hudson said, “As of right now, it could be either one or it could be no one. It depends what that iPad has on it, what that footage shows.”
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said on Monday his client did nothing wrong. On Tuesday, he said he didn’t think charges were going to be pressed, but that he was not going to represent George Zimmerman.
“I’ve come to know them as a family, and it’s not a good idea to get in between them,” O’Mara said.
Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce last week. She and her husband separated a month after he was acquitted July 13 in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The encounter Monday was the latest in a string of events for Zimmerman. He has twice been pulled over on suspicion of speeding and ticketed once. He also appeared in photos at a gun maker that were published online and he helped members of a family from their vehicle following a car wreck.
Shellie Zimmerman had collected most of her belongings from the house where she and her husband had been staying until she moved out. On Monday, she returned unexpectedly to gather the remaining items, and emotions got out of control, O’Mara said. Police talked to everyone about what happened, but neither side pressed charges and no one was arrested.