The news media is keeping a virtual blackout on this story.
George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, is facing a perjury charge with a potential $250,000 fine and up to 30 years in prison.
The perjury charge is for statements she made to the previous judge in her husband’s case, Judge Kenneth Lester, regarding the amount of money raised by the George Zimmerman legal defense fund, and the amount of money she transferred into her and George Zimmerman’s bank accounts prior to his April 2012 bond hearing.
Shellie Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer, successfully forced Judge Lester to step down, citing bias stemming from the statements made by Shellie Zimmerman to the court.
Shellie Zimmerman allegedly made some incorrect statements regarding her and her husband’s net worth during a bail hearing.
It is more than likely, however, that she was confusing their personal holdings with her husband’s defense fund.
The charges against Shellie Zimmerman read:
IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, ANGELA B. COREY, STATE ATTORNEY for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, pursuant to Executive Order of the Governor 12-72, and as such Prosecuting Attorney for this Court, through the undersigned designated Assistant State Attorney, charges that:
COUNT 1: IN THE COUNTY OF SEMINOLE, STATE OF FLORIDA, on April 20, 2012, SHELLIE N. ZIMMERMAN, did knowingly make a false statement, which she did not believe to be true, under oath in an official proceeding, to wit: the Bond Hearing of George Zimmerman, regarding a material matter, contrary to the provisions of Section 837.02(1), Florida Statutes.
During cross examination by Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney Bernie de Ia Rionda,
Specifically, the following dialogue occurred between Mr. de Ia Rionda and Shellie Zimmerman (Transcript, pages 26 & 27):
Q. And you mentioned also, in terms of the ability of your husband to make a bond amount, that you all had no money, is that correct?
A. To my knowledge, that is correct.
Q: Were you aware of the website that Mr. Zimmerman or somebody on his behalf created?
A: I’m aware of that website.
Q: How much money is in that website right now? How much money as a result of that website was —
A: Currently, I do not know.
Q: Do you have any estimate as to how much money has already been obtained or collected?
A: I do not.
Perjury! The law is out to get the Zimmermans—both husband and wife.
August 28, 2013 Update – Zimmerman’s wife pleads guilty!
George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie pleaded guilty Wednesday to a perjury charge in connection with allegations she misled a Florida court about her family’s finances during a bail hearing.
Her plea deal—in which she avoided a felony conviction resulted in her being sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service. Shellie Zimmerman’s conviction comes six weeks after her husband was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The day after Shellie Zimmerman was sentenced to one year probation and 100 hours of community service for lying at her husband’s bond hearing, she appeared on Good Morning America expressing uncertainty about the future of their relationship.
“Of course I want to have children and stay married,” Shellie Zimmerman said.
“With George?” asked journalist Christi O’Connor.
“That’s something I’m going to have think about,” Shellie Zimmerman said.