Zimmerman's wife seeks divorce in Florida, cites 'disappointment'
ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman's wife filed for divorce on Thursday, less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and a week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in his case.
Shellie Zimmerman made the decision because of “disappointment,” her attorney, Kelly Sims, wrote Thursday in a short email. The 26-year-old Zimmerman told ABC's “Good Morning America” last week that she was having serious doubts about remaining married.
The interview was conducted just after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband's arrest for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Martin in February 2012. Her husband, who was acquitted on second-degree murder and other charges in July, was not in the Sanford, Fla., courtroom as she was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service, even though she supported him and lied about their finances.
ABC first reported the divorce filing. Email messages and phone calls to Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, were not immediately returned.
Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman, wrote on Twitter: “Pray 4 them.”
George Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense when he killed Martin. The polarizing case opened national discussions on self-defense laws and race. Martin was black. Zimmerman has a white father and a Hispanic mother.
Shellie Zimmerman's felony perjury charge resulted from her lies about the couple's assets when her husband was trying to be released on a lower bond. If convicted, she had faced up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Court records show that in the days before the bond hearing in June 2012, Shellie Zimmerman transferred $74,000 — broken into eight smaller transfers ranging from $7,500 to $9,990 — from her husband's credit union account to hers. It also shows that $47,000 was transferred from George Zimmerman's account to his sister's in the days before the bond hearing. Amounts of more than $10,000 would have been reported to the Internal Revenue Service.