George Zimmerman Charged With Stalking Private Eye Working on Trayvon Martin Documentary

George Zimmerman during his 2013 criminal trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman at his 2013 trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Getty

George Zimmerman is in trouble again.

The Florida man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, has been charged with stalking a private investigator working with Jay-Z on a documentary about the killing.

Over the course of nine days in December, Dennis Warren says he received 55 calls, 67 text messages, 36 voicemails and 27 emails from Zimmerman, according to authorities. He also allegedly threatened to feed the investigator to an alligator, Warren told the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Zimmerman has had several run-ins with authorities since he was acquitted of second-degree murder in the 2012 killing of Martin, who was visiting his father at a housing complex where Zimmerman belonged to the neighborhood watch program.

Zimmerman claimed he fired in self-defense.

Warren told authorities he was hired by Cinemart Productions to track down people to appear in the Martin documentary. He says he contacted Zimmerman once, leaving a voicemail, asking Zimmerman to participate in the project.

Warren and the documentary's producer both said they received threatening messages from Zimmerman, who appeared upset his family members had been contacted. 

Warren told Seminole County deputies Zimmerman began contacting him on Dec. 17, and called 21 times, sent 38 text messages and left seven voicemails in span of just over two hours.

Afterward, he contacted deputies saying he feared for the safety of himself and his family. When a female deputy contacted Zimmerman in January, he yelled profanities and said, "You have been involved with me since that Martin kid," according to the sheriff's office. 

Zimmerman is expected to be arraigned on a misdemeanor stalking charge on May 30. He has not responded publicly to the charge.

After his acquittal in the Martin case, Zimmerman's estranged wife called police and said he had threatened her with a gun and punched her father in the face. She later declined to press charges and the case was closed. 

In November 2013, he was arrested on aggravated assault and battery charges after his girlfriend told officers he pointed a shotgun at her. She, too, recanted and the charges were dropped. Another women in 2015 said he threw a wine bottle at her during an argument, but she later recanted as well.

Also in 2015, Zimmerman was shot at in a road rage incident in Lake Mary, Fla. The shooter, Matthew Apperson, was later sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

In 2016, Zimmerman reported being punched in the face in a bar following an argument.

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