September 10, 2013

iPad video could be key in George Zimmerman case

The Associated Press

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George Zimmerman, right, is escorted to a home by a Lake Mary police officer, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Lake Mary, Fla., after a domestic incident in the neighborhood where Zimmerman and his wife Shellie had lived during his murder trial. Zimmerman's wife says on a 911 call that her estranged husband punched her father in the nose, grabbed an iPad out of her hand and smashed it and threatened them both with a gun. Zimmerman was recently found not guilty for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Police investigators will turn over all their information to prosecutors, who will then make the decision to file charges or not, said David Hill, an Orlando area defense attorney.

"If nobody is going to cooperate, I don't think anything is going to happen," Hill said.

As of Tuesday, the State Attorney's Office hasn't yet received information on the case, spokeswoman Lynne Bumpus Hooper said in an email.

Shellie Zimmerman's attorney, Kelly Sims, didn't return a phone call or email Tuesday.

Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce last week. She and her husband separated a month after he was acquitted July 13 in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, an Orlando suburb less than 5 miles from Lake Mary.

Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense when he shot Martin in February 2012. He wasn't charged until 44 days after the shooting, leading to protests nationwide from people who believed he should've been immediately arrested.

Demonstrations were organized again after his acquittal. Federal authorities are now reviewing the case the see if Martin's civil rights were violated.

Shellie Zimmerman was convicted of perjury last month for lying about the couple's finances at her husband's bail hearing for killing Martin.

Zimmerman blames his arrest and the trial for the implosion of his marriage, O'Mara said, but he needs to be a lot more "circumspect" about what he does.

"Anything he does is going to be hyper-focused on and scrutinized," O'Mara said. "Even though I may get away with a little speeding, he can't. It's unfortunate that this is part of the fallout from a case that never should have been prosecuted and he has to deal with this forever, and certainly right now."

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