Lake Mary cops: Shellie Zimmerman's iPad too damaged to charge estranged gun-toting hubby, George

State Attorney's Office not willing to prosecute for domestic violence as a result

George Zimmerman cuffed in Lake Mary in September after confrontation with wife / Headline Surfer®Shellie & George Zimmerman during the murder trial in Sanford, FL / Headline Surfer®iPad like the one Shellie Zimmerman said George smashed / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Another chapter in George Zimmerman's life concludes with no charges filed in domestic violence case alleged by his estranged wife, Shellie, shown here in court with him during his murder trial. Later, he's shown cuffed after his wife claimed he displayed a gun (which she later recanted), punched her dad in the nose and shattered her iPad, like the one shown here. 

LAKE MARY -- George Zimmerman won't be arrested on domestic violence charges in connection with a Sept. 9 argument with his estranged wife, Shellie, and her father, David Dean at a home on Sprucewood Court they were living in, during which he she claimed he shattered her iPad, Lake Mary cops announced today.

Zimmerman, 30, the former neighborhood watch volunteer found not guilty of second-degree murder back in July at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford of the gunshot slaying of 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin, countered his wife's claim, saying his wife struck him with the iPad.

"The circuit board was broken into two pieces," police said in a 32-page report released with their announcement, adding of the damage: A chip was missing and the board with the microprocessor was bent. Connections also had been had been detached as a result of the destruction.

George Zimmerman all smiles after his murder acquittal / Headline Surfer®Lake Mary home where Zimmermans were living / Headline Surfer®Cop cars galore at Zimmermans' rental home in Lake Mary / Headline Surfer®George Zimmerman is all smiles after his acquittal is announced at his murder trial in Sanford back in July. In the center is the posh Lake Mary home he and his wife shared and at right is the police response to Shellie Zimmerman's claim of domestic violence.

Lake Mary police investigators sent what was left of the shattered iPad to a computer expert, Jonathan Jacobs, with the U.S. Secret Service in Tulsa, Okla., in hopes of the video being captured, but in the police report findings, he concluded: "No further examination is possible at this lab due to the severely damaged components."

Lake Mary police investigators sent what was left of the shattered iPad to a computer expert, Jonathan Jacobs, with the U.S. Secret Service in Tulsa, Okla., in hopes of the video being captured, but in the police report findings, he concluded: "No further examination is possible at this lab due to the severely damaged components."

Five days after she filed for divorce and three weeks after they separated, Shellie Zimmerman and her father were moving out her belongings on Sept. 9, when she called 9-1-1, claiming George Zimmerman threatened her by displaying a gun (a claim she later backed off of) and punched her father in the nose in the garage.

Police caught up with Zimmerman a short time later that day, ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, but found no gun on him, though they conceded they didn't check his vehicle, later claiming they had no probable cause to do so.

Zimmerman was handcuffed and taken into custody for further questioning, but not charged after Shellie Zimmerman and her father decided they didn't want to pursue criminal charges.

However, because of alleged domestic violence claims of a gun being shown in a potentially threatening way and the father being punched, police were obligated under state statutes to investigate the incident. And the iPad was critical to the claims of Shellie Zimmerman and her father.

She told cops Zimmerman busted open the iPad, tore it apart and tossed it on the ground, which was captured on a security camera at the house, though that house camera did not show any alleged physical confrontation by Zimmerman against her or her father, including the accusation that he brandished his gun.

Shellie Zimmerman with her attorney, Kelly Sims, in Lake Mary, FL / Headline Surfer®Shellie Zimmerman is shown here at a Lake Mary press conference in September with her attorney, Kelly Sims, after allegations she made of domestic violence against her estranged husband, George Zimmerman.

Lake Mary police notified the State Attorney's Office in Sanford Wednesday of their findings and the prosecutor's office subsequently the following predictable outcome that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute George Zimmerman, a decision scoffed at by Kelly Sims, the attorney retained by Shellie Zimmerman, who described it to the Orlando Sentinel as "a shame. … I don't know this science very well. I was hoping smarter people than me could locate it. ...I was hopeful."

So what prompted the domestic dispute in the first place? The couple was arguing about how to divide up "pots and pans," said George Zimmerman's lead trial attorney, Mark O'Mara.

So what prompted the domestic dispute in the first place? The couple was arguing about how to divide up "pots and pans," said George Zimmerman's lead trial attorney, Mark O'Mara.

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Headline Surfer® Publisher Henry Frederick covered the murder trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, FL., and is writing an 840-page book, "Creepy Ass Cracker," which will be published in early 2014. It's the first of three books he's secured publishing rights for. The second is called "Wrestling ReWind, and will be released next Spring. A third book is as yet untitled.
 
Frederick also won an award in the category of "Public Safety Reporting" in the 2013 Florida Press Club's statewide excellence in journalism competition for a story on the George Zimmerman trial. It was one of three such awards Frederick received for nine stories recognized as award-winning, tops among Florida's reporters. It also marked the second year in a row that Frederick received an award from the FPC for coverage of the Zimmerman shooting death of Trayvon Martin, when he received four awards for six stories, three blogs and for beast online presentation.

 

Here is the 2013 award-winning story:
Zimmerman's $1M bail means the defense doesn't have to force the state's hand with 'speedy trial' provisions Posted Thu, 2012-07-12 04:04
 
Here is the 2012 award-winning story:
Trayvon Martin's parents in exclusive interview after Miami rally: 'We are not alone in this fight for justice' Posted Tue, 2012-04-03 20:28
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.