Published December 11, 2013
Florida prosecutors say they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after he was arrested in an incident with his girlfriend last month.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this year in the highly-publicized murder trial of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, had faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief following the Nov. 18 incident at the central Florida house he shared with Samantha Scheibe.
Schiebe told authorities Zimmerman had threatened her with a gun, but in a sworn affidavit last week recanted her claims, and asked for the charges to be dropped.
She said she felt “intimidated” by the police officers interviewing her and she may have misspoken when describing the incident.
"I am not afraid of George in any manner and want to be with him. I don't want him to be charged,” Schiebe said.
State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said in a statement Wednesday that Scheibe's decision not to cooperate and the lack of other corroborating evidence made a successful prosecution unlikely.
The Associated Press contributed to this report