Seminole County Sheriff's Office
June 19, 2015 09:15 AM

The man who shot George Zimmerman in Florida last month has been charged with attempted murder, in addition to other charges he already faced in the case.

Matthew Apperson, who claims he shot at Zimmerman in self-defense, has been involved in a dispute with him since a road-rage incident between the two last September. After the May 11 shooting, police charged Apperson with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing into a moving car. The attempted murder charge has now been added, reports CNN.

“My reaction to these charges is a pronounced shrug,” Apperson’s attorney, Michael LaFay, told CNN. “I’ve reviewed the charges and they don’t change the facts. The prosecutors have put their heads together and tried to contemplate what could be the most serious charges, but that doesn’t really change anything. This is a case of self-defense.”

Apperson’s bullet narrowly missed Zimmerman, but he was injured by spraying glass and other debris. Apperson claims Zimmerman – who was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin – pointed a gun at him first, and that he was acting in self-defense.

Apperson will be arraigned June 23.

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