George Zimmerman reportedly smashed an iPad containing a video that could implicate him in Monday night’s domestic dispute with his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
According to the Associated Press, Shellie Zimmerman allegedly managed to capture video footage of their Monday domestic dispute on her iPad, but at some point during the altercation, Zimmerman smashed the mobile device into “multiple pieces.”
Because Zimmerman and his estranged wife each claim that the other was the aggressor in the dispute, police are hoping to recover video footage of the incident. Hopefully, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson says, the video can be recovered from the iPad.
“The iPad video is going to be paramount in this case,” Hudson told the Associated Press.
Hudson also stated that the iPad was vitally important in determining who would be charged with a crime, due to the current lack of evidence.
“As of right now, it could be either one or it could be no one,” Hudson said. “It depends what that iPad has on it, what that footage shows.”
On Monday, Zimmerman was involved with a domestic dispute with his estranged wife, who had recently announced publically that she was filing for divorce. In Shellie Zimmerman’s original 911 call, she stated that Zimmerman had punched her father in the nose and was threatening both of them with a gun.
"He's in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and keeps saying step closer ... and he's gonna shoot us,” Shellie Zimmerman said, adding that "he's just threatening all of us with his firearm."
When police arrived on scene, Shellie Zimmerman refused to press charges, and Zimmerman stated that she had started the dispute by shoving him. Later in the night, Shellie Zimmerman changed her story, stating that she did not see her estranged husband holding a gun at any point during the domestic dispute.
As of now, neither has opted to press charges. Because the state of Florida does not require the victim’s consent to press charges in domestic dispute cases, however, either one could still wind up on trial.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.