George Zimmerman’s Wife To “Think About” Staying Married
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SANFORD (CBSMiami/AP) – Shellie Zimmerman, in an interview, said that she has to “think about” staying married to George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of second-degree murder charges in July for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
Shellie Zimmerman, on Wednesday, was sentenced to one year’s probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing following her husband’s arrest for the shooting death of unarmed Martin.
After Wednesday’s hearing, Shellie Zimmerman’s attorney, Kelly Sims, said, “she was scared” when she lied about her and George Zimmerman’s finances.
“Her husband was locked up. She didn’t know what was going on. So, she stood by her man, like Tammy Wynette says,” said Sims.
In an interview with ABC, following the hearing, Shellie Zimmerman said, “I always want my husband’s support.”
When she was asked if she and George Zimmerman, a now ex-neighborhood watch who claimed self-defense when he shot Martin, are still together, Shellie Zimmerman responded, “I’m not going to answer that.”
She added that she “wants to have children and stay married.”
“With George?” the interviewer asked.
“That’s something I’m going to have to think about,” Shellie Zimmerman replied.
Shellie Zimmerman says she believes her husband’s version of what happened that rainy night in February that led to Martin’s death, but wishes things “had been different.”
“I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve gone or laid awake at night just thinking that I wish to God the circumstances had been different.”
While awaiting the trial, she says, her and George Zimmerman lived in hiding.
“We have pretty much lived like gypsies for the past year and a half. We’ve lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone would go and find us and that it would be horrific,” she said.
Shellie Zimmerman admitted she did not tell the truth during the bail hearing.
“I can rationalize a lot of reasons for why I was misleading, but the truth is that I knew I was lying,” she said.
She said she plans to do her community service with a Christian ministry.
“I’ve made mistakes and I want to own them right now,” Shellie Zimmerman said.
She also told ABC she is deeply sorry for the Martin family’s loss. “I can’t even begin to understand the grief a parent experiences when they lose a child,” she said.
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