Late Tuesday afternoon, Shellie Zimmerman, wife of accused killer George Zimmerman, was arrested and charged with perjury. Shellie Zimmerman was booked and held at the same jail in Sanford, Florida, which houses her husband. Reports are that Mrs. Zimmerman posted the $1,000 bail and was released.
Investigators found that Shellie and George Zimmerman coordinated the shuffling of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the days before his arrest, and continued to engage in efforts to conceal the real extent of their finances even after George was arrested. At the bond hearing on April 20, Shellie Zimmerman, testifying under oath and by phone, told the court that she was unaware of how much money had been raised by a fund set up for her husband’s defense. Investigators say they have records showing that she had actually transferred $74,000 from George’s account to hers. She transferred $85,000 back into George’s account after he was released on $150,000 bond.
Making matters worse, it appears that the couple used coded language while Shellie visited George in jail. George told Shellie to pay all the bills with money that was to be moved from his sister’s bank account to Shellie’s. At this point, it appears the arrests of several other members of the Zimmerman family may be imminent. If the investigation shows that Zimmerman’s brother, sister, and parents were working with his wife to conceal their real financial situation, they could all be charged with perjury as well as conspiracy.
While it’s always good to have a family strategy when dealing with a crisis of the magnitude the Zimmerman’s face, that strategy cannot include lying or omissions. The court isn’t the enemy here. At least it shouldn’t be. The Zimmermans should’ve told the truth. If not because it is the right thing to do, then because they should have known that the Ben Crump and his race-baiting pals in the special prosecutor’s office would stop at nothing to impeach George Zimmerman’s credibility.
There is no evidence to contradict Zimmerman’s story about what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed, but now, thanks to Zimmerman’s poor judgement, there is evidence that Zimmerman isn’t all that trustworthy. It looks like George Zimmerman has just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. What a shame. He should’ve stood his ground in front of the court the same way he did in front of Martin. That would’ve demonstrated courage and conviction. This just makes him seem cowardly and small.
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