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George Zimmerman's wife charged with perjury

George Zimmerman, 28, appears in a booking photo released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

June 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities say the wife of Trayvon Martin's shooter is being accused of lying to a judge about their finances during his bond hearing and faces one count of perjury.

An order issued Tuesday by assistant state attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman, 25, for knowingly making false statements during the April hearing. George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting. He was granted $150,000 bond at that hearing and released.

The judge revoked that bond earlier this month after state attorneys argued that both Zimmerman and his wife had lied to the judge about their finances, especially about money raised from a website.

According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Department in Florida, at approximately 3:30 p.m. deputy sheriffs with SCSO arrested Shellie Zimmerman at the location she was residing in Seminole County and transported her to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. She was booked on one count of perjury. Bond was set at $1,000. She reportedly posted bond Tuesday.

George Zimmerman is back in jail.

A judge revoked Zimmerman's bond on June 1, suggesting that he and his wife had lied to the court about their finances to get a lower bond. During a bond hearing in April, the couple had indicated they had limited funds. But prosecutors say Zimmerman had raised thousands through a website he had set up for his legal defense.

An arrest affidavit for Shellie Zimmerman said that records show in April she transferred more than $85,500 from her bank account into her husband's account. The affidavit also said that jail call records show that George Zimmerman instructed her to "pay off all the bills," including an American Express and Sam's Club card.

A state attorney investigator met with credit union officials and learned that she had transfer control of his account.

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara has said the Zimmermans were confused and fearful when they misled court officials about how much money they had.

George Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, claims he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense under Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law, because the teen was attacking him. He says Martin confronted him about being followed in a gated community outside Orlando.

Legal experts say Zimmerman's credibility could become an issue at trial, since the case hinges on jurors believing Zimmerman's account of what happened the night in February when Martin was killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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