George Zimmerman's Wife Admits Perjury, Apologizes to JudgeBy SENI TIENABESO | Good Morning America – 49 minutes ago
The wife of George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, pleaded guilty today to perjury charges and apologized for her lie saying "the truth will set you free."
The plea deal allows Shellie Zimmerman to avoid a felony charge.
George Zimmerman was not present during today's proceedings as Judge Marlene Alva asked Shellie Zimmerman if she understood what she was pleading to.
"Yes, your honor," she responded as Alva asked her several questions about the agreement.
Under the negotiated plea deal Shellie Zimmerman can continue pursuing
her nursing aspirations because she will not be a convicted felon. She
was given 100 hours of community service, one year probation and will
have to present an apology letter to the judge she lied to.
In her letter to Judge Kenneth Lester, who was presiding when she
committed her perjury, Shellie Zimmerman wrote, "By lying under oath, I
let my God down, I let your Honor and the court down, ... and most of
all I let myself down."
"I am a Christian and I know the words of the Bible, espcially those of
Jesus in the Gospel of John 8:32. I am sorry that I had forgotten this
passage and forevermore I promise to remember, 'The truth will set you
Shellie faced perjury charges after she was accused of lying about her
and George Zimmerman's finances during his April 2012 bond hearing.
When asked by prosecutors and Zimmerman's attorneys about their
finances, she said they were virtually indigent. However, Zimmerman had
raised nearly $200,000 in funds through an online defense fund. Taped
jail house recordings later surfaced showing Shellie and George speaking
in code about their finances. Those conversations led to Zimmerman's
bail being revoked and then bail raised to a $1 million bond.
On April 9, 2012 George Zimmerman launched the website
therealgeorgezimmerman.com and within weeks received more than $200,000
in donations to help pay for his mounting legal fees. But during his
bond hearing Zimmerman's wife testified that the couple was nearly
Appearing via telephone due to fear for her life, she was asked by her
husband's lawyer Mark O'Mara if they add any major financial assets and
she said no. She repeated that claim under cross examination.
In a later hearing, prosecutors presented surprise evidence that
included at least four jailhouse phone conversations in which George and
Shellie Zimmerman were apparently discussing tiny amounts of money, but
where allegedly referring to some of the $200,000 into their PayPal
At the time of the recordings, Zimmerman had just been recently arrested
and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Martin, an
The guilty plea came a day after George Zimmerman's attorneys revealed
that they want the state of Florida to reimburse up to $300,000 in legal
costs for their successful defense in the murder trial.
Zimmerman was acquitted in July of second-degree murder for the 2012
shooting of Martin. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.
The not guilty verdict triggered protests around the country.
Zimmerman had employed a 10-person legal team, which conducted dozens of
depositions, flew in experts, and even ordered up a 3-D animation to be
aired toward the end of the trial.
State law requires the reimbursement of all but the most expensive item,
which are lawyer's fees, estimated at well over $1 million. The state
of Florida reported the trial cost it more than $900,000, much of it for
O'Mara said it could take four to six weeks before Zimmerman's team can negotiate the reimbursement with the state.
Zimmerman had largely been living off of donations solicited on his
website before and during the trial that he said have dried up.