George Zimmerman may be charged with destroying evidence pertaining to a domestic dispute he had with his estranged wife, Florida police said Tuesday.
Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, dialed 911 on Monday saying her husband threatened her family with a gun, assaulted her father, and "smashed" an iPad after ripping it from her hands.
Authorities are now working to recover video of the incident from the broken iPad, which Zach Hudson, spokesman for the Lake Mary Police Department, said was "pretty badly damaged" and "in multiple pieces," according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Geroge 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)
Hudson said investigators are still optimistic they will be able to recover the video, which they say will play a crucial part in determining if either party is charged in the case, according to the Associated Press.
It is possible George Zimmerman may face destruction of evidence charges if police can confirm that he intentionally broke the iPad, Hudson added.
Since the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman has said she and her father never actually saw a gun. She and her father both declined to press charges.
George Zimmerman was released after initially being detained by police. No gun was ever found.
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