SANFORD, Florida — George Zimmerman, the trigger-happy neighborhood watchman acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been arrested again for allegedly threatening to feed an investigator to an alligator.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s office says Zimmerman bombarded the investigator working with a film company making a documentary about Martin’s death with 55 phone calls, 36 voicemails, 67 text messages and 27 emails in a nine-day span last year.
The investigator, Dennis Warren, had initially contacted Zimmerman last September, asking if he would be willing to participate in the film. After months of civil back-and-forth between Zimmerman and the film’s producers, he began harassing the investigator after he had contacted Zimmerman’s uncle.
“Give him a heads up. I’m going to find him, and I’m bringing hell with me,” Zimmerman allegedly texted the film producer. “Local or former law enforcement officer, he’s well on his way to the inside of a gator.”
Amid the barrage of messages he sent to Warren was one in which he threatened that “I’ll see you before you realize it.”
Another message contained a link to an article in which Zimmerman was quoted as saying, “I know how to handle people who fuck with me. I have since February 2012,” which was the month he fatally shot Martin.
That prompted Warren to contact police.
After a review of the messages Zimmerman had sent, cops opted to charge him with aggravated stalking. When they contacted Zimmerman, he allegedly yelled at the female investigator who rang, calling her a “cunt,” and a “whore,” cops said.
“Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” is a six-part documentary produced by rapper Jay Z, scheduled to debut this summer. t
Zimmerman shot the unarmed Martin in 2012 as the teen walked through a gated community where his father lived and Zimmerman served on the neighborhood watch. The case drew national attention due to its racial overtones — Martin was black — and Zimmerman’s unrepentant nature.
Zimmerman was charged with murder but later acquitted on the basis of Florida’s “stand your ground” law which allows gun owners to legally kill someone if they feel threatened.
Outrage over the case is widely seen as the origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Zimmerman has since had numerous run-ins with the law, including several domestic violence complaints.