George Zimmerman—the man acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin—was charged Monday with misdemeanor stalking for calls and comments he allegedly made to a private investigator last year.
According to The Blast, Zimmerman, 34, allegedly made numerous threats to private investigator Dennis Warren between December 16 and 25. Warren was hired to work on Jay-Z’s docuseries, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” which is set to air in July on the Paramount Network. For the documentary, Warren was tasked with reaching out to people connected to the controversial case.
Court documents stated that Warren had left one voicemail to gauge Zimmerman’s interest in participating in the documentary. Zimmerman is accused of calling the private investigator 55 times, leaving 36 voicemails, texting him 67 times, and sending him 27 emails over a nine-day period.
Spectrum News reported that Zimmerman threatened to feed Warren to an alligator, saying, “… He’s well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?”
“I’ll see you before you realize it,” he allegedly said to Warren several times.
Seminole Sheriff sought aggravated stalking felony charge against George Zimmerman, but state attorney filed a misdemeanor charge, finding insufficient evidence Zimmerman “made a credible threat” when he told victim “anyone who fuc*s with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”
— Tony Pipitone (@TonyNBC6) May 7, 2018
When Warren asked Zimmerman to stop messaging him, he texted back, “I’ll show up at your home you F*****G P***Y!!!,” according to the New York Daily News.
As CrimeOnline reported late last year, Zimmerman accused executive producer Michael Gasparro of going to his parents and uncle’s homes in Florida in hopes of catching them on camera. He claimed his ex-wife was paid for her participation in the documentary—something The Blast said Zimmerman was especially bothered by during their conversation last year.
In addition to Gasparro, Zimmerman said he was also holding Jay-Z responsible for harassing his family. It’s still not known which of Zimmerman’s relatives will appear in the soon-to-air docuseries.
“Anyone who f***s with my parents will be fed to an alligator,” he told the outlet at the time.
It’s worth noting that Zimmerman allegedly sent Warren a link to last year’s Blaze interview where he notably alluded to Martin’s shooting death.
Zimmerman said, “I know how to handle people who f**k with me, I have since February 2012.”
The Daily News noted that Zimmerman was charged in November 2013 with assault and battery for allegedly pointing a gun at his then-girlfriend’s head. In January 2015, he was arrested for throwing a wine bottle at an ex’s head. Both cases were ultimately dropped.
Zimmerman’s latest arraignment is scheduled for May 30.