Judge: George Zimmerman’s wife will face perjury charges
A Florida judge ruled Tuesday that Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of the Neighborhood Watch captain charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, will have to face perjury charges for lying about the couple’s finances.
Circuit Judge Marlene Alva denied a request to dismiss the perjury count stemming from testimony Shellie Zimmerman provided last April at a bail hearing. She told the court that she and her husband were destitute but records indicated that they had more than $130,000 in a legal defense fund provided by outside contributors.
Jail phone records also show George Zimmerman telling his wife where to deposit the funds, indicating that she was aware of the money before her testimony.
George Zimmerman claims he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed the unarmed African-American teenager and that he is protected under Florida’s “stand your ground” laws.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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