George Zimmerman’s wife arrested for perjury, facing prison time

This article was originally published on on June 13, 2012.

Shellie Zimmerman, 25, is the wife of George Zimmerman, the man who is charged with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin, a 16 year old African-American male.

She has been charged with perjury and was arrested Tuesday in connection with her husband’s trial. The charge stems from her testimony about the family’s finances. Following the shooting, there was a national outcry and there is still an ongoing debate about Zimmerman’s responsibilities. An account was opened and interested parties were able to make donations. In a short amount of time the Zimmerman’s had acquired over $135,000, and then failed to disclose the money in court at the initial bond hearing.

Under the microscope of scrutiny, did they think they would be able to keep the money a secret? Why was the money not immediately disclosed and verified?

Shellie Zimmerman was released on a $1,000 bond after being taken to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, coincidentally the very same facility that is currently housing her husband.

She will be arraigned on July 31. If convicted, she faces a single year in prison for a first degree felony. Had the prosecutor’s office sought a third degree charge, she could have faced up to 15 years.