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    Zimmerman Shooter Out on Bond, Turns in Guns

    Zimmerman Shooter Out on Bond, Turns in Guns

    Police report cites Apperson as saying: “I hope I got [Zimmerman] this time.”

    UPDATE (5/18/15, 19:43EST): This post has been updated with additional information about Apperson’s mental health (or lack thereof) as reported today by WKMG Orlando television.

    This WKMG report is based upon their obtaining a copy of the police report of officers who spoke with Apperson immediately after he tried to shoot George Zimmerman in the head.  The police report specifically notes:

    During the investigation, I learned that Apperson has exhibited unusual behavior in which he had recently been admitted to a mental institution. It appears that Apperson has a fixation on Zimmerman and has displayed some signs of paranoia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

    (emphasis added)

    Here’s a video of the WKMG on-air report earlier today:

    A report by WESH Orlando and other news sources states that Matthew Apperson, the man arrested last Friday for firing a .357 Magnum bullet at George Zimmerman’s head a week ago, was bonded out of jail over the weekend.  Bond was reportedly set at $35,000.

    Apperson was formally charged this past Saturday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance, police said.  He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on June 23.

    As conditions of bail Apperson was ordered to turn in his firearms to police, which he reportedly did on Sunday, and to stay away from George Zimmerman.

    Contributing to Apperson’s arrest were police observations of his “unusual behavior” and apparent “fixation” with Zimmerman immediately following the shooting.  The police report also notes Apperson as saying “I hope I got him [Zimmerman] this time.”

    We’ve previously noted Apperson’s rather extensive history with the criminal justice system, here:  George Zimmerman Shooter’s Checkered Past.  The WESH report provides some additional details:

    Apperson has been arrested and convicted at least four times in the past, according to police records.  In 2005 a woman accused Apperson of punching her window in a road rage incident, police said. That woman decided not to press charges.  Winter Springs police said they have been called to Apperson’s home at least 15 times since July 2012.

    Zimmerman has also had repeated interactions with law enforcement following his 2013 acquittal for his self-defense shooting of Trayon Martin. Typically these interactions were based on accusations made by angry girlfriends.

    Unlike in the case of Apperson, where incomplete criminal proceedings were typically halted because the victims chose not to bring charges, Zimmerman’s girlfriend accusers have consistently recanted their accusations shortly after making them.

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    Hey folks, just FYI, post has been updated with information just released from police report that Apperson had recently been admitted to a mental hospital, other details on his mental health (or lack thereof).

    Video news report included, all at the top of the post.

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

    Henry nailed it. From Hot Air:

    “The report made public Tuesday also says 36-year-old Matthew Apperson had recently been admitted to a mental institution and had shown signs of paranoia, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

    Apperson’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.”

    Wow, M1. You really picked a winner.

    Sounds to me like Apperson may have imagined Zimmerman’s threats to kill him late last year, too, that’s why Zimmerman wasn’t charged for such violent actions.. because they never happened. That’s my guess at this point.

    rokiloki | May 23, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I don’t understand. This guy attempted to murder someone, has a history of mental illness, and exhibited signs of current mental health issues. So why wasn’t he held for psychiatric evaluation?

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