After her husband George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin, Shellie Zimmerman told a Florida court that she did not know how much money the couple had available for his bail. But according to prosecutors, who officially charged Mrs. Zimmerman and had her arrested Tuesday, that was perjury — a deliberate lie told while under oath.
According to state officials, the 25-year-old wife was taken into custody and booked into a local jail on the felony charge after prosecutors obtained a warrant for her arrest. She was released the same day on $1,000 bond.
But Mr. Zimmerman — who maintains that he shot Martin in self-defense after being assaulted — remains back in custody. The Florida judge in the case revoked his bond earlier this month over alleged falsehoods about the family’s financial situation.
During a bond hearing in late April, Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester repeatedly asked Mrs. Zimmerman how much money the couple had available. They had already collected well over $100,000 in donations from supporters through a website by that point.
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Photos: Photo released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office shows Shellie Zimmerman (left), June 12, 2012; Special Prosecutor Angela Corey (right): AP Images