*Prosecutors say they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend said in a sworn statement she did not want to pursue the case, reports the Associated Press.
State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said in a statement Wednesday that Samantha Scheibe’s decision not to cooperate and the lack of other corroborating evidence made a successful prosecution unlikely.
Zimmerman had faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief following a Nov. 18 incident at the central Florida house he shared with Scheibe. She initially told police Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her face, then recanted in an affidavit filed this week.
Zimmerman was acquitted last summer in the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin. The case sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense laws.
*Marissa Alexander may be a little more than a week away from getting a taste of freedom.
A judge set Alexander’s bond hearing for November 8, when she will find out if she will be released from prison while she awaits her new trial over an incident in which she fired what she described as a warning shot at her abusive husband.
Alexander attempted to seek immunity under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in her first hearing, but was denied that opportunity. She was ultimately convicted and given a mandatory 20-year sentence under Florida’s 10-20-life law covering all crimes involving a firearm.
An appeals court judge ordered a new trial last month, not because of the Stand Your Ground ruling in the case, but because the “jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous” in her first trial. Alexander’s new trial date has been set for March 31, 2014, according to the Florida Times-Union.
Hours after her new trial was announced, protesters supporting domestic violence victims rallied at the Duval County Courthouse, demanding Alexander be released immediately, according to an Associated Press report.
“This is a reflection of the inequities of the justice system,” Marcia Olivo, Sisterhood of Survivors spokeswoman, said.
Many have argued that the charges against her should be dropped entirely, including Rep. Corrine Brown, a Democrat from Florida who’s become one of her most vocal supporters.
Immediately after Alexander’s new trial was ordered, Brown joined Al Sharpton’s “PoliticsNation” to push for Alexander’s release. “She has been in jail for three years. She has not spent any time with her baby, and keep in mind when this incident occurred, she–the baby–was eight days old,” Brown said.
*50 Cent has been sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service after striking a plea deal to avoid jail time in his domestic violence case.
The rapper, real name Curtis Jackson, was hit with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence and four of misdemeanor vandalism following a heated dispute with his ex, model Daphne Joy, in June. He was accused of kicking her and causing $7,100 in property damage.
He initially faced up to five years behind bars after pleading not guilty to the allegations, but managed to work out a deal with prosecutors to keep him out of jail and instead pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor vandalism on Monday (Oct. 28).
He was ordered to serve three years probation and perform community service, while he must also attend counseling sessions and pay $7,100 in restitution to Joy.
In exchange, California authorities agreed to drop the domestic violence charge, according to TMZ.
A previous restraining order banning 50 Cent from contacting Joy will remain in place.
*Bryan Abrams, of the ‘90s band Color Me Badd, is wanted on an arrest warrant in Cleveland County, Okla., the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to FOX411.
“It’s on a probation violation for domestic abuse,” a rep from the Sheriff’s Office explained.
According to NewsOK, who first reported the warrant, the now 43-year-old singer pleaded guilty to one count of domestic abuse in April 2012, and he was ordered to receive counseling, but records show he hasn’t been following the terms of his probation.
The Sheriff’s Office said an arrest warrant was issued in February 2013.
According to NewsOK, which cites an affidavit, Abrams has been involved in 12 other domestic violence cases since 2005.
Abrams third divorce is currently pending.
The singer first gained fame in 1987 as a member of Color Me Badd. The R&B group recently reunited in 2010, with just Abrams and Mark Calderon coming together for a concert in Hawaii.
*All week, co-hosts of CBS’s “The Talk” have revealed long-held and often painful personal secrets — from Julie Chen having surgery early in her career to make her eyes less Asian, to Sharon Osbourne admitting she slept with Jay Leno, to Aisha Tyler revealing her fertility struggle and Sarah Gilbert her fears about coming out of the closet.
Friday was Sheryl Underwood’s turn, and it was shocking.
The comedian has said before that she was a twin at birth, and that the baby died at the hospital moments after they were born. But Underwood revealed for the first time Friday that her mother, who never wanted Sheryl to be close to her father, lied and told her that her father killed the twin by accidentally choking her while trying to feed her a bottle.
Underwood also revealed that she witnessed her mother stab her father, and from that point on, decided to look upon her deceased twin as a guardian angel.
Houston Rockets forward Royce White (30) during the first half of the game against the Chicago Bulls at Cox Pavilion. (July 18, 2012)
*Philadelphia 76ers forward Royce White is under investigation for domestic assault that took place in June while he was a member of the Houston Rockets, reports TMZ.
The case was originally classified as an accident, but in the past week, his now ex-girlfriend has changed her tune.
According to the report, White’s then-girlfriend Tania Mehra originally called 911 and reported the incident as an accident to protect White’s NBA career. Officers documented a cut above her eye, but she told cops that she had fallen.
Royce White and Tania Mehra
The report says that Mehra is now telling police that White assaulted her after she confronted him about trying to get with one of her friends.
White, 22, was the 16th overall selection by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA draft. Earlier this summer, he was traded to the 76ers along with Furkan Aldemir and is currently fighting a much-publicized battle with anxiety, having been at odds with the Rockets over setting a protocol over mental health issues. [Below, two clips from HBO's "Real Sports" piece in January 2013, featuring White discussing his mental health concerns.]