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George Zimmerman

UpdatePosted 09/09/2013 04:30PM

George Zimmerman's Wife Calls 911 Claiming He Threatened Her

Originally posted 09/09/2013 03:30PM

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was embroiled in another gun-related incident after his estranged wife called police claiming he threatened her.

Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, called police in the Central Florida community of Lake Mary shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. She had called 911 and claimed that he had a gun and made threats.

"I don't know what he's capable of," she says on the 911 call, her voice shaking before she begins to cry. "I'm really scared." Shellie then tells the operator that George punched her father, causing her dad's glasses to fly off, and has taken her iPad and smashed it.

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George Zimmerman's Wife Files for Divorce

George Zimmerman's Wife Files for Divorce

Originally posted 09/05/2013 07:15PM

She stood by him after he was charged with the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – and remained at his side throughout the trial – but now George Zimmerman's wife has decided to end their marriage.

According to ABC News, Shellie Zimmerman, 26, has filed for divorce from George Zimmerman, 29, her husband of six years.

The news comes just a few weeks after Shellie spoke to ABC News about how Zimmerman's trial affected her marriage.

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Halle Berry's Wedding Photos Had Readers Throwing Rice | Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez

Halle Berry's Wedding Photos Had Readers Throwing Rice

Originally posted 07/20/2013 08:00AM

Halle Berry's happiness is apparently everybody's happiness, just as the sorrow over the death of Cory Monteith was shared in all quarters, it was seen in readers' responses to PEOPLE.com stories this week.

On a lighter note, new mom Jessica Simpson's baby daddy Eric Johnson showed off some swaddling finesse, to the amusement of all.

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry.

And to make your responses known, keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story – one way to tell us just what you think.

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George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty in Death of Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty in Death of Trayvon Martin

Originally posted 07/13/2013 10:00PM

After 16 hours of deliberation over two days, the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial has reached a verdict. He was found not guilty.

Zimmerman, who remained expressionless as the verdict was read, silently shook his lawyers' hands. He was released by the court shortly afterward.

Zimmerman's wife and parents cried in the courtroom. Soon after, Zimmerman was seen smiling.

Outside the courtroom the reaction was more emotional. Some were angry, others expressed disbelief.

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George Zimmerman Trial: Judge Considers More Charges

George Zimmerman Trial: Judge Considers More Charges

Originally posted 07/11/2013 09:35AM

A judge on Thursday will rule on whether to allow the jury in the Trayvon Martin case to consider additional charges against defendant George Zimmerman – which would allow him to be convicted of lesser crimes if he is acquitted of murder.

Prosecutors are asking the judge to let the jury consider manslaughter and aggravated assault when they begin deliberations on Friday, USA Today reports.

Some see the request, which Zimmerman's lawyers oppose, as an indicator that prosecutors are not confident about the prospects of a second-degree murder conviction.

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Will George Zimmerman Testify?

George Zimmerman Murder Trial: Will He Testify?

Originally posted 07/08/2013 08:45AM

After two weeks of prosecution testimony in the case against George Zimmerman, the defense is now going to present its case.

At issue, whether Zimmerman, 29, was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.

In the small courtroom in Florida's Seminole County, the six jurors – all female – listened to 10 days of prosecution testimony from police, witnesses and family members of the slain teenager. Paying constant close attention, the jurors have taken copious notes during the most riveting testimony.

Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, have sat through all the testimony, only leaving their front-row seats when their son's autopsy photos are shown.

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Trayvon Martin's Mother, Brother Testify His Screams Were on 911 Tape

Trayvon Martin's Mother, Brother Testify His Screams Were on 911 Tape

Originally posted 07/05/2013 12:30PM

The mother and brother of Trayvon Martin testified in Florida's Seminole circuit court Friday that screams for help captured in the background of audio of a neighbor's 911 call came from the late 17-year-old.

Sybrina Fulton and Jahvaris Fulton took the witness stand during the trial of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in Martin's shooting death. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he shot the teen in self-defense during a fight.

After the audio was played, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked Sybrina Fulton, "Who do you recognize that to be?" She replied, "Trayvon Benjamin Martin."

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George Zimmerman Trial's Early Shockers – F-Bombs and a Knock-Knock Joke

George Zimmerman Trial: Most Shocking Moments

Originally posted 06/28/2013 04:10PM

It has been more than 16 months since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed after running to the store to buy candy and iced tea.

Now, the shooter, George Zimmerman, is on trial for second-degree murder in Seminole County, Fla.

The controversy and media saturation is nothing new to Central Floridians, who were glued to the Casey Anthony trial two years ago, and the first week of testimony has lived up to the hype:

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George Zimmerman Apologizes to Trayvon's Parents

UpdatePosted 04/20/2012 08:00AM

George Zimmerman's Bond Set at $150,000

Originally posted 04/20/2012 11:45AM

A week after George Zimmerman was charged with murder in the second degree, a judge set his bond at $150,000 during a hearing Friday morning in Sanford, Fla.

Under the conditions of the bond, he cannot have any contact with the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot in February, reports CNN.

However, at the hearing, Zimmerman made a statement to Martin's parents: "I wanted to say. I am sorry for the loss of your son."

Other conditions of the bond include Zimmerman be monitored by GPS and have to contact authorities every three days. The judge also said he would not be released Friday.
– Alison Schwartz

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George Zimmerman to Enter Not Guilty Plea: Lawyer

UpdatePosted 04/12/2012 07:20AM

George Zimmerman to Enter Not Guilty Plea: Lawyer

Originally posted 04/11/2012 03:15PM

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida who fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February, has been charged with murder in the second degree, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced Wednesday.

Zimmerman surrendered to authorities and is currently in custody. On Thursday's Today show, his new attorney, Mark O'Mara, said his client will enter a plea of not guilty.

In Florida, a charge of second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to CNN.

Lawyers for Zimmerman, 28, stepped down from the case Tuesday, saying Zimmerman had been uncommunicative and expressing concern for his emotional and physical well-being.

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