New allegation made against Zimmerman in court

Prosecutor: Girlfriend claims Zimmerman tried to choke her about a week earlier

11/19/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman after he was arrested Monday in Apopka, Fla.
Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman after he was arrested Monday in Apopka, Fla.

SANFORD, Fla.  — A prosecutor says George Zimmerman’s girlfriend claims he choked her about a week ago but she didn’t report it to police at the time.

The prosecutor told a judge about the allegation during a first appearance today on domestic violence-related charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.

The judge set George Zimmerman’s bond at $9,000 and ordered that he not possess guns or ammunition. He was ordered to stay away from the girlfriend’s house and wear a monitoring device.

Zimmerman was taken into custody Monday after girlfriend Samantha Scheibe told deputies he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument.

In a 911 call, Zimmerman denied pointing a gun at Scheibe.

The 30-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted earlier this year of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.