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Judge Sets George Zimmerman's Bond at $9,000

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A prosecutor says George Zimmerman's girlfriend claims he choked her about a week ago but she didn't report it to police at the time.
   
The prosecutor told a judge about the allegation during a first appearance Tuesday on domestic violence-related charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.
   
The judge set George Zimmerman's bond at $9,000 and ordered that he not possess guns or ammunition. He was ordered to stay away from the girlfriend's house and wear a monitoring device.
   
Zimmerman was taken into custody Monday after girlfriend Samantha Scheibe told deputies he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument. She also claims he smashed a coffee table and then pushed her outside. Zimmerman also called dispatchers, flatly denying pointing a gun at her and blaming her for the broken table.
   
Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison if convicted. He also has been charged with battery and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

The 30-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted earlier this year of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

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