MIAMI (AFP) – The Florida man cleared two years ago of murdering unarmed black US teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that fueled a national debate about racism has been arrested for aggravated assault, authorities said Saturday.
George Zimmerman, who has had a number of run-ins with the law since his controversial acquittal for the killing of Martin in 2013, was detained late Friday, a statement from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said.
The 31-year-old is being held at a correctional facility and had a court hearing Saturday, the statement said. No details concerning the circumstances of his arrest were provided.
“Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault and is currently on a no bond status,” the statement said. “The next step in the process is first appearance. At this time, the judge may address bond status.”
Some US media reports said a weapon had been involved, although officials were not immediately able to confirm whether Zimmerman was armed in his latest brush with law enforcement.
Last September Zimmerman was back in the headlines after a man called emergency services alleging the burly former neighbourhood watch volunteer had threatened to kill him in a road-rage altercation.
However, the man declined to press charges over the incident.