Ideally, marriage is “for better or for worse”. During the arrest and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin, Shellie Zimmerman stuck by her man. So much so that she was charged with perjury for lying about the couple’s finances during his bond proceedings.
But now, she has done a 180 after a highly publicized 911 call for a domestic dispute that occurred in her home. It is still not clear whether or not a gun was used; however, she claimed that even without a gun, she “knows her husband” and that his verbal threats and body language put her in fear. Ultimately, no charges were filed based on her statements and a lack of witnesses. It was also later revealed that both she and her father, who was also involved in the incident, refused to press charges (which is not unusual in domestic cases).
Adding more fuel to the fire is her belief that George Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon Martin in self defense. This pulls a scab off of a wound that has not even begun to heal. It raises the questions of whether or not George Zimmerman confessed to her, or if she hid critical information from law enforcement. Even if she did, Zimmerman’s acquittal means he can never stand trial again for the death of Trayvon Martin under the law of double jeopardy. However, her statements could lead to legal consequences in the form of obstruction charges if it can be proven that she lied to authorities.
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