The wife of accused murderer George Zimmerman was arrested on Tuesday for perjuring herself during his bond hearing.
Shellie Zimmerman was arrested for lying under oath during the bond hearing, in which she claimed that she and her husband had access to less money than they actually did.
Judge Kenneth Lester revoked George Zimmerman’s bond, saying he and Shellie had used “code” to discuss finances while he was in jail. In his order revoking Zimmerman’s bond, Lester wrote, “Had the Court been made aware of the true financial circumstances at the bond hearing, the bond decision might have been different.” Lester said George Zimmerman “demonstrated that he does not properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process.”
George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Martin, who was 17, was shot and killed by Zimmerman, who had reported Martin as suspicious to local police. Martin was visiting the home of his father’s girlfriend, and was unarmed, carrying only iced tea and skittles he’d purchased at a local convenience store.
The case drew national attention after Sanford, Florida police declined to initially prosecute Zimmerman, saying he had been defending himself from Martin. The decision was seen as being influenced by systemic racism, and the belief that an African American youth would necessarily be “suspicious.”
A special prosecutor appointed by Gov. Rick Scott charged Zimmerman with second degree murder on April 11, 2012.
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