Zimmerman's Wife Not Pressing Charges

Despite telling cops he threatened her with gun

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 9, 2013 4:26 PM CDT | Updated Sep 9, 2013 5:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – Despite calling 911 and saying her soon-to-be-ex-husband George Zimmerman was threatening her with a gun today, Shellie Zimmerman has decided not to press charges. Police in Lake Mary, Florida, say she and her father—the owner of the house where the incident took place—have signed paperwork declining to press charges against George, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "They both have declined to press charges against George," says the local police chief. "We have no victim, no crime."

Earlier, WKMG released about 5 minutes of the audio of Shellie's 911 call. She tells the dispatcher: "He's in his car, and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he keeps saying, 'Step closer,' and he's just threatening all of us with the firearm." "Step closer and what?" asks the dispatcher. "And he's going to shoot us," she replies. At another point in the recording, she can be heard warning her father to get back in the house, saying, "I don't know if he's going to start shooting at us or something." (For the completists, ABC News has a full transcript of the call). Police previously said they could not find a gun at the scene, but a Lake Mary cop now says authorities have seized George's firearm. However, "more than likely we'll be giving it back," he says, per the Sentinel reports.

In this June 24, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman, left, arrives in Seminole circuit court, with his wife Shellie, in Sanford, Fla.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)
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