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George Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Takes Back Claims — and Zimmerman

| by Allison Geller

George Zimmerman was in hot water again after his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called the police in a panic and said that Zimmerman was pointing a gun at her and destroying her belongings after she asked him to hit the road. Now, Scheibe is dropping charges and wants to be back with Zimmerman.

"I do not want George Zimmerman charged," Scheibe wrote in a sworn statement.

Zimmerman, infamous for his acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin, was freed after the trial for threatening Scheibe with a gun. He was released on $9,000 bond, on the condition that he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and forgo contact with guns or with Scheibe.  

Now, Scheibe is saying that she wants contact to be reinstated because she wants to “be with George.”

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In her new affidavit, ABC reported, Scheibe claimed, “When I was being questioned by police I felt very intimidated...I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to police."

Scheibe called 911 in Nov. 18, seeking help. She can be heard telling the dispatcher, “He's in my house, breaking all my s--- because I asked him to leave … He's got a freaking gun, breaking all my stuff right now."

Scheibe now says that she felt pressured by the police to give testimony and that she was not allowed access to her phone to call her lawyer or given anything to eat or drink for a long period of time, CNN reported.

Heather Smith, a spokeswoman for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, did not corroborate that statement.

"As you know, we provided media with the 911 call from Ms. Scheibe, which occurred prior to deputies responding," she said. "Apparently, Ms. Scheibe may have misspoken about the facts of her interview as she had access to her phone and was provided with food."

It’s possible that the prosecution will continue with the case despite Scheibe’s statement, the Huffington Post reported via the Associated Press. Lynne Bumpus Hooper, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office, said that multiple factors need to be taken into account in domestic violence cases, including law enforcement reports and other evidence. The prosecution is more difficult, however, without the victim’s testimony.

Experts told CNN’s sister network HLN that victims of domestic violence often recant on their statements out of fear. Wendy Murphy, a former prosecutor, said she doesn't believe the couple should be allowed to have contact.

"The reason a no-contact order is not under a victim's control is because it's a decision of the court to protect the integrity of the prosecution," she said. "This is the government's case. It's not her case."

One thing seems sure: this won’t be the last we hear of George Zimmerman.

Sources: ABC, Orlando Sentinel, CNN, Huffington Post