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Shellie Zimmerman, wife of Trayvon Martin killer, arrested on perjury charge

Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting Trayvon Martin, is seen Tuesday in a police booking photo Sanford, Fla.

Updated: 1:32 a.m. ET: Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, was arrested Tuesday on one count of perjury, the Seminole County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies arrested Shellie Zimmerman, 25,  about 3:30 p.m. ET, after they were advised by the office of State Attorney Angela Corey that a warrant had been issued.

She was booked into John E. Polk Correctional Facility and released on $1,000 bond, officials said.


George Zimmerman, 28, was charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin. He pleaded not guilty. Police say that he claimed on the night of the shooting that he acted in self-defense.

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His $150,000 bond was revoked after allegations that during an April 20 bail hearing he and Shellie Zimmerman misled the court about their finances, neglecting to disclose they had raised at least $135,000 in a PayPal account.

The order issued Tuesday by Assistant State Attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman with knowingly making false statements during the April hearing.

Speaking outside the Seminole County Jail late Tuesday evening, George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara said his client is worried about his wife after learning of the arrest.

“Now that she’s being charged with a crime he’s worried about her,” O’Mara said, adding that George Zimmerman is concerned because she is “out in the public eye.”

O’Mara also said that the prosecution surprised him with Tuesday’s arrest, complaining the surprise fell short of professional courtesy. “I didn’t actually get a phone call until after the arrest, and I had asked for one before that,” O’Mara said.

Also Tuesday, the court released Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester’s order revoking George Zimmerman’s bond.

"There are several factors that weigh against his release ... Most importantly, though, is the fact that he has now demonstrated that he does not properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process."

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