George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman actually face perjury or contempt of court charges for misleading a Florida court about her husband’s finances.
During an April 20 bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, testified that she and her husband were broke. They had no jobs, no assets, and little money with which to make bail. But the day before the hearing, on April 19th, bank records show the couple had some $135,000 sitting in Shellie’s credit union account, transferred in multiple transactions from a PayPal account George set up to go with his website, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com. That website and PayPal account were closed by Mark O’Mara, who took over after George Zimmerman’s previous attorneys abruptly resigned from the case, because he set up the website without consulting them, and then stopped returning their calls and emails.
According to a motion filed by prosecutors, George Zimmerman instructed his wife to “reset the password” on their PayPal account (probably to lock his attorneys out of the account), and to transfer the $155,000 into her credit union account.
Now Trayvon Martin supporters are calling for Shellie’s arrest on contempt of court and perjury charges (lying under oath is a federal offense).
If Mrs. Zimmerman were to be charged with perjury, “the question becomes a matter of how, if at all, she could explain her statements at the bond hearing,” Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.