ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The wife of the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin was charged with perjury Tuesday, accused of lying when she told a judge that the couple had limited funds, resulting in her husband being released on $150,000 bond.
Shellie Zimmerman, 25, was released on $1,000 bond.
Mr. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the teen’s slaying and had been out on the bond after the April hearing. However, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked the bond on June 1 and ordered Mr. Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County jail.
In a strongly worded ruling, Judge Lester said the Zimmermans lied about how much money they had.
An arrest affidavit for Mrs. Zimmerman said records show that in April she transferred more than $85,500 from her bank account into her husband’s account. The affidavit also said jail call records show Mr. Zimmerman instructed her to “pay off all the bills,” including for American Express and Sam’s Club cards.
A state attorney investigator met with credit-union officials and learned that Mrs. Zimmerman had transfer control of her husband’s account.
Mr. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, has said the Zimmermans were confused and fearful when they misled court officials about how much money they had.
Mr. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, has maintained since the Feb. 26 shooting that he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense because the unarmed 17-year-old was beating him up after confronting Mr. Zimmerman about following him in a gated community outside Orlando.
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