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Shellie Zimmerman Calls 911; O'Mara Joins CNN

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By Brett Snider, Esq. on September 10, 2013 1:42 PM

George Zimmerman just can't seem to keep himself off law enforcement's radar, or out of the headlines. His wife Shellie Zimmerman called 911 on Monday, as his former trial attorney Mark O'Mara announced he is not representing Zimmerman in his latest legal entanglements.

In the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman alleged that George was threatening her and her father with a firearm -- but George was neither arrested nor charged, reports CNN. O'Mara told the network he was not representing Zimmerman either "in his recent domestic altercation case or his impending divorce case."

Will George Zimmerman really need that much legal help in the coming months?

Shellie Zimmerman's 911 Call

Shellie Zimmerman called 911 around 2 p.m., claiming that George had assaulted her father and was "waving a gun around and threatening her and her relatives," reports ABC News.

With allegations that George had threatened his spouse with violence, law enforcement treated the call as a real threat of domestic violence.

Police in Lake Mary, Florida, dispatched "eight units, including officers in tactical gear with ballistic shields" to Zimmerman's home, but did not find a gun on him when George was eventually detained, reports ABC News.

That may help to explain why Shellie declined to pursue charges against her husband -- although it may also have something to do with the couple's impending divorce.

Technically, Lake Mary authorities can continue to investigate or charge George Zimmerman for any crimes related to the alleged altercation on Monday, but it will be much more difficult if Shellie declines to cooperate.

Mark O'Mara's New TV Gig

Whatever happens next to George Zimmerman, Mark O'Mara won't be defending him, at least in any criminal or divorce matters. However, O'Mara is still "the attorney of record" in Zimmerman's defamation suit against NBC, reports CNN.

This civil suit against NBC stems from the now-notorious 911 call which was edited in a way that allegedly gave viewers the impression that Zimmerman was a racist.

Pennsylvania attorney Jim Beasley will be taking the lead on the defamation case, reports CNN, leaving O'Mara more time to pursue his newest source of revenue: being a CNN legal analyst.

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