GPS Records Show George Zimmerman Bought Flowers for Wife, Bulletproof Vest

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 8, 2013 Updated: August 8, 2013

The EMPACT records from the GPS tracking of George Zimmerman have been obtained by journalist Matthew Keys, who uploaded it to Scribd on Thursday.

Zimmerman was accused of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a Black youth, in a Florida neighborhood in February 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury on July 13, 2013. He said that he shot Martin in self-defense.

Starting on July 6, 2012, Zimmerman was monitored by a combination of 24-hour GPS tracking and several officers from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Here are the more notable of the records:


-On July 10, four days after Zimmerman began the program, he received a Cuff Leave violation. He informed an officer that he accidentally left the tracking device in his car while he went into a Target and purchased flowers for his wife. By the time he called the officer the device was back on. The violation was for 10 minutes and 13 seconds without the device being on Zimmerman, who “was cautioned regarding future incidents.”

-On July 14,  Zimmerman called one of the officers and said that he and his wife, Shellie, were getting new cell phone numbers. Some media outlets had obtained Shellie’s number. 

-On July 16,  Zimmerman got a new ankle cuff that included a vibration feature “when a cuff leave is imminent.” 

-On July 18,  Zimmerman called one of the officers to say that he had moved. 

-On August 1, during a visit by the officers, they found out that Zimmerman had hired an associate to “assist in transportation and errands.” 

-On August 9, Zimmerman told an officer that he had placed an order for a bullet proof vest and an infra-red security alarm, which would be for an extra layer of protection at the entrance of his house.

-On August 27, a motion was granted for Zimmerman to travel multiple times to Orange County to meet with his attorney.

-On September 5, Zimmerman moved again.

-On November 15, Zimmerman’s cuff was replaced, which happened multiple times over the months. 

-On December 7, while the officers were receiving a cuff strap tamper, Zimmerman called them as part of his 48 hour check in. He said that he had just got out of the shower. Two officers went to Zimmerman’s house and found water coming out of the bottom of the cuff, which was then replaced.


On May 6, Zimmerman failed to call one of the officers for his 48 hour check in. He did email the officer at 8:51 a.m. and 11:06 a.m. The officer checked the GPS and confirmed Zimmerman was at home, and called Zimmerman, advising him that he failed to call in. Zimmerman apologized and said he forgot, and that he had a busy morning with his attorneys. The officer told him that violations would not be tolerated, and also spoke with one of Zimmerman’s attorneys. 

On June 6, Zimmerman’s cuff began beeping while he was in court because one of the officers had forgotten to turn off the offender feedback information before Zimmerman went to court. Zimmerman gave the device to a body guard who took it outside the courtroom and phoned one of the officers. The cuff was later given back to Zimmerman. 

The last report was from July 13, when Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter by a jury.


George Zimmerman EMPACT GPS Tracking Record by Matthew Keys

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.