Could Shellie Zimmerman face perjury charges?
People are talking about it. Facebook pages are popping up calling for it. But could Shellie Zimmerman actually face perjury or contempt of court charges for misleading a Florida court about her husband’s finances?
The answer, according to experts, is maybe.
During an April 20 bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, testified that she and her husband were broke. They had no jobs, no assets, and little money with which to make bail. But the day before the hearing, on April 19th, bank records show the couple had some $135,000 sitting in Shellie’s credit union account, transferred in multiple transactions from a PayPal account George set up to go with his website, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com. That website and PayPal account were closed by Mark O’Mara, who took over after George Zimmerman’s previous attorneys abruptly resigned from the case, because he set up the website without consulting them, and then stopped returning their calls and emails.
During the April hearing, George Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, requested a bond of just $15,000, based on his client’s indigence, while the state wanted $1 million. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester settled on $150,000, which the Zimmermans promptly raised through a bail bonds firm, and George was freed from jail. Now he’s back in a cell inside the John E. Polk Correction Facility in Seminole County, Florida, after Judge Lester revoked that bond, after prosecutors uncovered the deception.
O’Mara could try for a second bond hearing (the defense had indicated they would do so this week, only to delay…) But if some supporters of Trayvon Martin’s family have their way, Shellie Zimmerman will face a hearing of her own, either for contempt or perjury charges.