OCALA, Fla., August 30, 2013 — Over the last few days, many news outlets have reported that Shellie Zimmerman is not on the most solid ground with her husband, George.
The two have been at the center of legal drama for quite some time. George, a multiracial central Florida neighborhood watch captain, fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in February of 2012. Several weeks ago, he was acquitted of any wrongdoing in the matter.
The Martin shooting, along with George’s subsequent trial, have heightened racial tensions around the country.
Shellie plead guilty to perjury on Wednesday, having made false statements about her family’s financial situation last year. This was done so that George would have a lower bail bond rate.
Reports of their marriage being in trouble stem from an interview which Shellie recently did. Said interview was conducted by journalist Christi O’Conner, who is writing a book about the Martin shooting’s aftermath.
“I close by circling back to George Zimmerman,” O’Conner wrote on her blog earlier this month. “Sanford’s black community believes Fuller’s tazing is more proof of a racist police department to which the ‘Wannabe Police Officer, Zimmerman’ has close ties. And that this ‘culture of racism’ influenced Zimmerman’s decision to shoot Trayvon Martin.
“Zimmerman, of course, denies this and a jury seemed to agree. But, I’ve spoken with several credible people who provide interesting insight and who offer proof that Zimmerman and his family are racist. I’ve also discovered a lot more about the Zimmerman/Trayvon tragedy. But I can’t share it yet. I will when the time is right.”
Yesterday, selected segments of Shellie’s interview were broadcast on ABC program Good Morning America.
“Are you together?” O’Conner asked.
“I’m not going to answer that,” Shellie replied. “Of course I want to have children and stay married.”
O’Conner then inquired whether or not George is a part of this future. Shellie said “that’s something I’m going to have to think about”.
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