(LAKE MARY, Fla.) — Forensic investigators were unable to extract video from an iPad that the wife of George Zimmerman was using during a domestic dispute that ended with the controversial former neighborhood watch captain in handcuffs, Florida police said Wednesday.
As a result, no charges are expected be filed against either George Zimmerman or his wife, Shellie, anytime soon, if ever.
It could take weeks or months to retrieve anything from the iPad, which was badly damaged after George Zimmerman, acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, damaged the device, said Lake Mary Police Department spokesman Zach Hudson.
Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, told cops the incident began when she arranged to pick up her belongings at the home, according to the police report. Then her husband arrived with a woman in the passenger seat and started taking pictures. As a result, Shellie said she also started recording on her iPad and then called her attorney.
The dispute landed the Zimmermans back in the headlines. Shellie told a dispatcher during in a 911 call on Monday that her husband punched her father in the nose and then threatened them both with a weapon, leaving her “very, very scared.”
“My dad has a mark on his face,” she said during the 911 call, adding that George “accosted my father and then took my iPad out of my hand and smashed it and cut it with a pocket knife.”
During the call, Shellie then told a dispatcher that her husband had a gun on him. “Dad, get inside the house,” Shellie said. “George might start shooting at us.”
However, in the police report, an officer wrote that “the evidence did not support the original complaint and based on this information [George Zimmerman] was taken out of handcuffs.”
Police said they also found no signs of “trauma, redness, or marks of any kind” in the area where her father, David Dean, said he was struck. Police also said “none of the witnesses to the event could corroborate…[the] account of the battery.”
George told cops that he came to the home to ensure that his wife was getting the property agreed upon by their attorneys. Shellie told police her husband stuck his arm inside her father’s truck and she told him that he was not allowed inside. A dispute ensued and she claims George then grabbed the iPad. After destroying the device, George then reached his hand into his shirt to what she “assumed was a gun,” she told police, and then George told her father to “step closer.”
She said her father then told George, “What are you going to do, shoot me?”
Samantha Schelbe, who was in the passenger seat of George’s car, was “visibly shaken” by the ordeal, police said. Schelbe told cops George never touched anyone and said that there were guns in the vehicle but that they had concealed weapons permits for them.
Neither Shellie nor her father said they actually saw a weapon, the police report stated.
Neither Shellie nor George wanted to press charges. George’s attorney said soon after the incident that he would no longer represent the client he helped acquit in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin in new legal matters, including his upcoming divorce.
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