George Zimmerman appears in court after his Nov. 18 arrest in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe. (Joe Burbank/AP)
George Zimmerman appears in court after his Nov. 18 arrest in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe. (Joe Burbank/AP)

George Zimmerman’s life is filled with unbelievable moments. There was the night he killed unarmed Trayvon Martin. The 44 days between the shooting and his arrest for second-degree murder. His trial. His acquittal. The domestic disturbance with his then-wife and her refusal to press charges. And then the dueling 911 calls with his girlfriend in November, his arrest in that domestic disturbance and her subsequent recanting of her story.

“When I was being questioned by the police,” Samantha Scheibe wrote in an affidavit last month, “I felt very intimidated.” She added, “I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police. I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened.”

If that is the case, then what are we to make of the video of Scheibe’s stationhouse interview made available by freelance investigative reporter Christi O’Connor and www.zimmermanverdict.net? O’Connor was the first reporter to get an interview with Shellie Zimmerman. Far from appearing intimidated in the 15-minute sit-down with Stephen LaGuardia of the Seminole County Sheriff’s office on Nov. 18, Scheibe spoke clearly and without much hesitation about how she “told him nicely that I was ending the relationship” and how she started putting his stuff outside the house “to get him out faster.”

When LaGuardia asked Scheibe how Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her, Scheibe said, “He pointed it at me for a second and said, ‘Do you really want to do this?’ because I told him I would call the cops.” She continued: “He had definitely taken it out of the bag. It was a definite, like, I wanna scare you for a second out of not calling.”

LaGuardia asked her to demonstrate. “Oh yeah,” Scheibe readily agreed before getting out of her chair to show how Zimmerman pulled the shotgun out of the bag, pointed it at her and then dropped the bottom of it on the glass tabletop. A little later in the interview, Scheibe explained, “I don’t know if, like, you could say he directly pointed it at me, but he dropped it down to where he was only carrying it with one hand at his side so the barrel of it was sticking straight out.

“I tried to figure out, honestly, whether or not he intended to hurt me or himself at that very first moment,” Scheibe continued. “And then I realized he was pissed at me. And I didn’t know if it was loaded because I had seen him unload the one and I never saw anything come out of that one, so I didn’t know if he was going to hit me with it. I didn’t know if he was going to threaten me with it. I didn’t know what he was going to do, so I backed off.” When LaGuardia asked her if she were in fear for her safety, she said, “Absolutely. I backed off.”

Scheibe said that when she got on the phone with police, “that really upset him because I threatened to call the cops on him before.” Why? “He’s choked me once,” she said. In the incident Scheibe said happened about a week and a half earlier, Zimmerman choked her so hard, she said, he “bruised my throat.” When asked by LaGuardia why she didn’t call the cops in that incident, Scheibe said, “Because … I feel like he always gets off.” And what ticked off Zimmerman? Scheibe said, “He was jealous over my ex…”

At the conclusion of the interview, LaGuardia asked Scheibe if she were “in fear of George Zimmerman.” After a long pause, she replied, “Yes and no. I mean no, because he’s locked up right now. And, um, yes, because he just lost the only person that had his back, so he’s got nothing to lose.”

Zimmerman’s loss turned out to be short-lived. “I am not afraid of George in any manner,” Scheibe stated in her Dec. 6 affidavit recanting her statement to police, “and I want to be with him.” Unbelievable.

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Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.