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Court Sides With George Zimmerman: Denies Restraining Order For Man He Threatened to Feed to a ‘Gator’

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A private investigator who accused former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman of stalking him has had his restraining order request denied.

Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins said in court Monday, May 14 that Dennis Warren did not meet the burden of proof for protection against repeat violence, which is the injunction his attorney sought. The Orlando Sentinal reported the process for the injunction is separate from the misdemeanor stalking charge Zimmerman has against him.

A March filing claimed Zimmerman, who was acquitted of killing unarmed Trayvon Martin in 2012, sent Warren 67 texts, 27 emails, 36 voicemails and 55 phone calls in the span of 90 days.

The heavy influx of messages, including one that said the former Orange County Corrections officer is “well on his way to the inside of a gator,” has caused Warren to fear for his family’s safety.

Zimmerman fired off the messages when he became irate that executive producer Michael Gasparro had contacted family members for their involvement in the Jay-Z produced documentary “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.” Warren had only contacted Zimmerman once after getting hired by the production company.

Zimmerman is scheduled to appear in court on his stalking charge May 30.


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