Shellie Zimmerman filed for a divorce only two months after her husband, George Zimmerman acquitted of murder in the trial regarding Trayvon Martin’s death, reports the Business Insider.
Shellie was also in legal trouble after pleading guilty to committing perjury last month. She apparently lied about the couple’s finances when the judge was setting bail for her husband.
Shellie told the court in April of 2012 that the couple had no money, when in fact they’d collected donations for Zimmerman’s defense, as the story of Trayvon Martin’s death became international news. Through a now-defunct site, Zimmerman collected $204,000 from supporters for his defense.
She appeared in court without her husband. During an interview on ABC News, Shellie Zimmerman told journalist Christi O’Connor that she felt alone without him in the courtroom; and that it felt like she didn’t have his support.
Shellie Zimmerman also told O’Connor that the whole trial put a stain on their marriage and that she was “going to have to think about” whether she stayed married to George.
She filed for a divorce a few days after the interviewed aired exclusively on ABC News.
George Zimmerman was charged with the murder of the teenager, Trayvon Martin, in 2012. The case went to trial on June 10, 2013, in Sanford. On July 13, 2013, a jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and of manslaughter charges.
Ever since the death of Trayvon Martin, the couple was inundated with death threats, went into hiding and had to live with security guards.
“I think we have been pretty much like gypsies…We’ve lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone was going to find us and that we’d be out in the woods alone and that it would be horrific,” she said.
Shellie Zimmerman must serve 100 hours of community service and one year probation for her perjury.