Shellie Zimmerman, 25, does not have time to celebrate her husband, George Zimmerman’s acquittal because now she finds herself the defendant of her own criminal trial. George Zimmerman was just found not guilty for all the charges in the killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in the shooting that occurred in February 2012.
Here is what you need to know about the second trial that may consume the Zimmermans:
1. She was Arrested on Tuesday
On Tuesday, 5 days before her husband was acquitted of the second-degree and murder charges against him, Shellie Zimmerman was arrested for lying during a bail hearing for her husband that occurred in April. According to CNN, Shellie Zimmerman met conditions for bail and paid $1,000 for release the same night she was arrested.
2. She is Accused of Perjury
Florida v. Shellie Zimmerman – Criminal Information and Affidavit of Probable Cause
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In the court document, which you can read above, the state of Florida is officially charging Shellie Zimmerman with perjury. The affidavit was signed by Assistant State Attorney John Guy, who recently served as one of the lead prosecutors in the case against Shellie Zimmerman’s husband, George Zimmerman.
3. She Reportedly Lied About Family Finances
In the document above, the state is accusing Shellie Zimmerman of lying under oath during one of her husband’s bond hearings. On April 20, 2013, when asked if she could afford her husband’s legal fees, Shellie Zimmerman claimed that they were indigent for cost, meaning they could not afford it.
Later financial records, as well as recorded phone calls between the Zimmermans, revealed that the family was in possession of around $135,000 collected through donations for the family and their legal expenses.
4. She Could Serve 15 Years in Prison
In Florida, lying under oath could either be determined a first-degree misdemeanor or a second or third-degree felony depending on the context of the lie. Lying under oath in an official proceeding, as Shellie Zimmerman did, could result in 5 to 15 years in prison as well as fines ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.
5. George Zimmerman is Involved in Other Law Suits
Although George Zimmerman was recently acquitted of his murder and manslaughter charges, he he may find himself back in a courtroom relatively quickly, both as the prosecution and the defense. The NAACP is in the process of trying to convince the Justice Department to charge Zimmerman with civil rights violations. Zimmerman, meanwhile, is suing NBC for defamation after they edited and distorted his call to 911.