Zimmerman's wife guilty of perjury

The wife of Trayvon Martin's shooter had falsely told the court her family was indigent

By Natasha Lennard
Published August 28, 2013 6:21PM (EDT)

While George Zimmerman was found not guilty on second-degree murder charges for shooting dead unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, his wife has been found guilty of perjury and will serve 12 months probation. Via CNN:

[Shellie Zimmerman] pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of perjury.
She will be placed on probation for one year, is required to perform 100 hours of community service, and must pay court costs. She also must file a letter of apology within 30 days to Judge Kenneth Lester, who presided over her husband's case at the time the perjury was committed.
Prosecutors said Shellie Zimmerman lied when she told Lester during an April 2012 bond hearing for her husband that the family was indigent. In fact, they argue, George Zimmerman actually had about $135,000 at the time.

Recorded jailhouse phone calls between the couple caught the two speaking in code about their finances.

Natasha Lennard

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