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Zimmerman Launches Countersuit Against Wife

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SANFORD, FL - JUNE 20: George Zimmerman and his wife Shellie arrive in Seminole circuit court June 20, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

SANFORD, FL – JUNE 20: George Zimmerman and his wife Shellie arrive in Seminole circuit court June 20, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — George Zimmerman has filed a countersuit against his wife after asking a judge to set aside a default judgment in their on-going divorce proceeding.

Zimmerman made the requests in a response filed late last week.

Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce in September and served him with a divorce papers while he was in jail on a since-dropped domestic violence case involving a former girlfriend. He says they became lost in jail and he was unable to respond until now.

The countersuit asks that any personal property distribution be decided by the court, and that he and Shellie Zimmerman share in any debt incurred during their marriage.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted last year in the 2012 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

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